Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dog owners encouraged to be more responsible


Caption: Dog warden Abi Sandham, Hayley Thompson from Whitecross Vets with Milly and environmental patrol officer Tony Murphy were out and about at Nunroyd Park to chat to dog owners.

Caption: Dog warden Abi Sandham (far left), Hayley Thomspon from Whitcross Vets with Milly and Tony Murphy, environmental patrol officer (far right) bumped into Lee Arnott and his dog Ronnie whilst patrolling Nunroyd Park to make sure dog owners were picking up their dog's poo.

Caption: Environment patrol officer Tony Murphy (far left), dog warden Abi Sandham (second from right) and Councillor Mark Dobson (far right) met Mark Morris and his dog Sage on a recent visit to Nunroyd Park to highlight the importance of picking up after your dog. 

Leeds City Council are continuing to trial their new, firmer approach to dog fouling enforcement over the summer.

Frequent patrols by the council’s team of enforcement officers and officers from specialist environmental firm 3gs are continuing to target parts of West and North Leeds and other problematic areas.

The patrols act as a reminder to the public to clean up after their dogs and to put their litter in bins provided. Officers on patrol will issue a £75 penalty to anyone caught dropping rubbish or failing to pick up after their dog.

Despite numerous dog waste bins and general litter bins – bagged dog waste can go in any council bin - dog fouling is still a city wide issue that people are increasingly fed up with.

To help in the trial areas in West and North Leeds, the council’s west north west locality team is working with local vets, who are also keen to spread the message about responsible dog ownership.

White Cross Vets are urging people to do the right thing and pick up their dog’s mess. To help, they are handing out free dog poop scoop bags from their Guiseley and Roundhay practices.

The council hopes that by encouraging more responsible behaviour, this will help to tackle the annual £8 million bill for street cleaning and cut back the number of complaints about litter and dog mess.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City’s Council’s executive member for the environment, said:

“We hope that members of the public will understand and support our decision for giving out these £75 penalties. If they do the right thing, putting litter in the bin and picking up their dog’s mess, then they do not need to worry as this will not affect them.

“The public will hopefully be pleased that we are taking stronger actions against those that do litter or fail to clean up after their dogs and lead to the complaints regarding the city’s cleanliness.

“With the co-operation of residents, visitors and businesses, we hope to see a great improvement throughout Leeds with high standards of cleanliness.”

Rod Beardshall, White Cross Vet’s clinic director, said:

“The main danger to human health in dog faeces is the presence of the eggs of Toxocara Canis. This is a roundworm which lives harmlessly in dogs but presents severe danger to humans and there can be 15,000 eggs in just one gram of faeces. If these eggs are passed onto a person they can lead to extreme fever, illness and in some cases lead to blindness so it’s essential that dog owners act responsibly and pick up their dog’s poo.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk
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