TORRIDGE District Council is urging dog owners to pick up the poop and help keep public spaces clean for a great summer outdoors. As part of the Dogs Trust Poop Scoop Week from July 26-August 1, it is promoting the Grab It, Bag It and Bin It message. Coun
TORRIDGE District Council is urging dog owners to pick up the poop and help keep public spaces clean for a great summer outdoors.
As part of the Dogs Trust Poop Scoop Week from July 26-August 1, it is promoting the Grab It, Bag It and Bin It message.
Councillor Barry Parsons, Torridge's lead member for environmental protection, said: "Littering our parks, pavements and public spaces, dog poop is a problem which Torridge District Council is tackling heads on. While the majority of owners are responsible and pick up after their dog, a careless and selfish few are still giving everyone else a bad name. I would urge all dog owners to Grab It, Bag It and Bin It and keep our beautiful and much loved open spaces clean for everyone to enjoy."
Councillor Adam Symons, lead member for health, added: "Cleaning up after your dog is not just a troublesome chore - it can pose a serious health risk if you do not. A large number of common parasites, including round worms, are transmitted by dog waste which can remain in the soil for many years. Children who play in parks, cricket fields and other play areas are obviously at risk, as any human or animal who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs."
Tips from the Dogs Trust: Always carry something to clean up - a plastic bag or a 'poop scoop' device; if you have a garden, train your dog to go there and make sure you clean up straight away; don't rely on the rain to wash it away; never let your dog out alone to toilet; politely encourage guilty owners you meet to do their duty - simply offer them one of your poo bags; always wash your hands after your walk; dispose of poo bags in a dog poop bin;
and get your dog wormed regularly - ask your vet.
Anyone with information on dirty dog owners can call Carl Caswell, Torridge District Council's Animal Welfare Officer, on (01237) 428855.
For further information please contact Ian Hayter, Communications Officer, on 01237 428749, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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