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DOG POO - PICK
Oh yes, it's that hot potato again, it never goes
away... nor does the dog muck! It is estimated that the UK's dogs
produce 1000 tonnes of faeces every day, so the problem is
clearly not just confined to Lapford.
Did you know:
95% of the British public are concerned about
the amount of dog mess in public places.
You can contract
Toxocariasis from canine excrement, this can have very many
unpleasant side effects and even lead to blindness.
54% of dog owners never worm their animals.
(Worms are the cause of Toxocariasis).
94% of councils in the UK employ a dog
Mid Devon Council.
The annual bill for cleaning up dog mess in
England alone is £22 million.
Under the Dog (fouling of land) Act
1996, it is illegal to allow your dog to foul in a public
place, failure to clear it up can result in a £50 on-the-spot
fine or prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.
Under the same act, there is no legal
requirement for the council to provide bins or signs to remind
you to pick it up, so "there was no bin" or "I didn't know" is
no excuse not to clear up after your dog.
In the 5 month period between November 2003
and March 2004 approximately 1400 dog owners in England were
has many responsible dog owners who always clear up the mess after
their dog, these people should be given credit where it's due.
However, those few irresponsible dog owners that
give the rest of us a bad name should beware! If you are seen, you
maybe reported and you could end up with a hefty fine.
If you see anyone allowing their dog to foul in a public place and
not clearing up afterwards report it to the dog warden. The dog
warden should also be contacted about any other dog-related issues. The dog warden's contact
details can be found
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