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'Enough's Enough'; council take tough line on lazy dog owners

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:48 GMT on Tuesday, 9th April, 2013.

DOG owners beware; enough's enough, action will be taken against lazy dog owners who make a mess of our neighbourhoods.

That's the clear message of a high profile campaign launched by North Lanarkshire Council.

"Dog fouling is dangerous and offensive, and our residents are fed up with it," says Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee.

"We've tried asking owners to clean up after their pets and while most do, the irresponsible minority continue to ignore us. So we've decided that enough's enough and we want people to report the dog owners who let their dogs foul our streets.

"If people tell us where and when they see dogs fouling, our environmental protection team can tackle the problem directly by contacting owners to say clean up or face a fine."

The focus of the council's campaign is the danger to young children from the infection toxocariasis.

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The infection can be picked up from contact with dogs or objects like the wheels of toys and the soles of shoes, If swallowed, the toxocariasis larvae can 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.

"Our campaign is designed to let irresponsible dog owners know that their antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated," added Councillor McKenna. "I often get calls from residents disgusted about dog fouling in parks and on pavements, even in cemeteries around schools.

"It is unacceptable and I hope residents will help us keep North Lanarkshire clean and safe by reporting owners who don't clean up after their pets."

To report an incident of dog fouling telephone 01698 403110.

Dog owners should follow these simple steps to clean up after their pets:

GRAB IT - always keep a supply of bags near your dog's lead so you don't forget to taken them with you on every walk. Simply insert your hand in the bag and pick up your dog's waste; BAG IT - carefully turn the bag inside out and 'bag' the mess; BIN IT - dispose of the bag in any public litter bin.

Free bags are available from the council's First Stop Shops and libraries.

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