To start, we would like to highlight that this article does not target all dog owners, as most are responsible and clean up after their pets, but a small minority continue to cause problems. We know this is a problem all around the UK, but we would like to raise awareness on fouling around the beautiful Norton Tower area.
Driving up and down Paddock Lane (Norton Tower, Halifax) you may have noticed parents swerving their prams around dog poo, or shouting “stop” to their kids to avoid them stepping into a pile. There seems to a bigger problem around this area, the path outside the beautiful golf club.
Dog fouling has been an ongoing problem here around Norton Tower, especially with dog owners taking advantage of the beautiful country side and fields. For as long as I can remember and the only way of dealing with this is to highlight the fact that it’s messing up the beautiful streets/fields of Norton Tower. Signs warning dog owners of a fine of up to £1,000 does not seem to bother those irresponsible dog owners. Residents have had dog mess left on the pavement leading into their driveway and it’s disgusting. I think it’s time we name and shame irresponsible dog owners, not cleaning up after their dog.
Dog Fouling Major Concern – Health Issues
Dog fouling is a major concern to many people. 95% of the British population are worried about the amount of dog fouling, not just because of the mess it causes but because it can also be linked to health risks including ‘toxocara canis’. Roundworm eggs are found in dog mess, which can easily be picked up by young children. This causes stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and in rare cases blindness. The eggs can remain active in the soil for many years, long after the dog mess has weathered away
Advice for dog owners
- Always carry a poop scoop, which is a specially designed plastic shovel, or a bag to carry the mess to a suitable waste bin. If there isn’t a litter bin, please take it home and dispose of it there.
- Dog owners should not allow their pets to foul at random in public areas. Toilet training at puppy stage helps.
- If possible, you should encourage your dog to use your garden, you can then either bury the mess or flush it down the toilet.
A big thank you to all those dog owners who clean up after their dogs. Thankyou very much
If you have experienced such an issue around the area or as a responsible dog owner have any tips you would like to share, please do comment below. All feedback welcome