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Monday, May 01, 2017

DOG FOULING

DOG FOULING IN DULVERTON

 

As much as we welcome dog owners and their pets in Dulverton, unfortunately our beautiful Town is increasingly the victim of irresponsible dog owners who are failing to clear up after their animals. The Town Council is receiving complaints from concerned members of the public almost on a daily basis.

 

Abbots Way, the Leat Path and even the Churchyard have been highlighted as places where this offence is regularly being committed. Dog faeces have had to be cleared from pavements as well as children’s play areas.

 

This has to stop.

 

Not only does dog fouling in public areas have a detrimental effect on the environment in which local people work and live, visitors who pay for the opportunity to visit and enjoy the special aesthetic properties of Dulverton are bound to be disappointed.

 

There also exists a potential health hazard, particularly to young children, and it has been known to be a cause of blindness.

 

The practice of letting your dog foul the streets is unlawful and subject to a heavy fine for very good reasons.

 

Your Town Council, being faced with this ever increasing problem, regularly contacts West Somerset Council, requesting that the Dog Warden visits Dulverton in an attempt to make an example of the few irresponsible dog owners. However, the Dog Warden can only prosecute when the offence is witnessed, and at the present time there appear to be few prosecutions.

 

 

DTC intends to display posters throughout the Town to make all aware of the problem. The most effective way to stop this anti-social behaviour is to ensure that those responsible are made aware of the effects of their selfishness and that it will not be tolerated by residents with civic pride, who consider that the beauty of Dulverton should be maintained.

 

 

Persistent offenders must be identified.

 

Have you witnessed a dog fouling and their irresponsible owners making no attempt to clear it away or it up!!

 

Have you evidence, photo etc?

 

It is therefore imperative that instances of this anti-social behaviour are reported to West Somerset Council as soon as possible.

 

DTC will be happy to accept information via the website.

 

The necessary forms can be found on both DTC and West Somerset Councils websites:

 

http://www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/Forms/Report-Dog-Fouling

 

www.dulvertontowncouncil.co.uk

 

Thank you in anticipation for your help.

see below for more information

Most commonly effects children between

18 months and 5 years old, lasting 6 to 24 months

Dog Fouling can be the cause of Toxocariasis whose symptoms can include eye disorders, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits and most commonly effect children between 18 months and 5 years old

 

Toxocariasis is an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces (left by dog fouling) and if swallowed, results in infection that lasts between six and 24 months.

 

Often the eggs are ingested when passed to the mouth by the hands, but this can also occur through contact with dogs or other inanimate objects including the wheels of toys and the soles of shoes. Infected soil samples are often found in play areas, which is why dogs are banned from such.