Dogs as disease carriers is 'urban myth'

SIR - Mervyn Sweet's letter in last week's Gazette cannot go unanswered. He should study the facts about dog control and dog to human disease. Firstly, the law of the land is that dogs must be kept under control - which does not necessarily mean on a lead

SIR - Mervyn Sweet's letter in last week's Gazette cannot go unanswered. He should study the facts about dog control and dog to human disease.Firstly, the law of the land is that dogs must be kept under control - which does not necessarily mean on a lead.Secondly, if he Googles the 'Common Animals Infections Laboratory Reports' he will see that the last recorded case of Toxocara Canis in England and Wales was in 2001. In contrast, when you consider the rate of human to human disease e.g.: sexually transmitted, Aids, Chlamydia etc, this urban myth that dogs are huge disease carriers pales into insignificance.He might also like to consider an increase in his council tax to pay for more police officers to 'spot fine' those who litter, vomit and spit in the streets, and cause mayhem through drunken behaviour.While he is on this particular bandwagon, perhaps he would like to see cat licences and cat wardens, the feline species causing any number of zoonotic diseases. What about pigeon and wild bird wardens to control bird droppings on buildings and cars?My own dog, like thousands of others in our area, is never so happy as when chasing a ball on the Burrows or the beach. This is how she gets her exercise. It would be nothing short of callous and cruel to prevent her doing this - which is why the Kennel Club and every animal charity opposes this proposed dictate.If Mervyn Street wishes to live in a computerised, mental battery house controlled by evermore intrusive bureaucrats - fine; the rest of us prefer to be British Free Range!Jeremy Bell


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