By Audlem Webteam - 16th March 2012 7:01am
Audlem Online has received the following article from a concerned local resident:
"I've just read the article headed 'Important Safety Appeal by the Saints.'
"This is not the first time Audlem Online has raised the subject of dog foul and as it would appear that some people can't grasp the fact that allowing your dog to foul in a public place is not acceptable, maybe a more factual approach is required such as :
"Dog fouling is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. The biggest threat to public health from dog excrement is toxocariasis.
#What is Toxocariasis?
"Toxocariasis is an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months.
"Symptoms include eye disorders, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits.
"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 and as a result, Toxocariasis most commonly affects children between 18 months and five years.
#Whose responsibility is it to clear away dog fouling?
"It is the the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog foul left by their dog. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1,000.
"The regulations state specifically, that being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up after your dog.
"Maybe the £1,000 fine may get their attention!"
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