PAWS is an ongoing campaign focused on all aspects of dog ownership.
Why is it so important to clean up after your dog?
It is an offence to not pick up dog mess in the district and if caught, the penalty can be up to £1000. As well as incurring a fine, dog mess is an eyesore as well as a health hazard. It can lead to toxocariasis in humans, which can cause serious illness and even blindness.
Toxocariasis is caused by a parasite that lives in a dog’s digestive system. The parasites lay eggs which are released in the infected dog’s faeces. Children are much more susceptible to toxocariasis as they are more likely to be playing near to the ground and putting things near their mouths.