Dog poo drops lead to ‘blindness’ and £4k fines

Enforcement officer Andy Goodchild and manager Mark Harmon
Enforcement officer Andy Goodchild and manager Mark Harmon
  • Dog walkers are warning fellow owners to pick up the poop to avoid spreading disease
  • Foul play could also lead to fines of up to £4k
  • A blitz across Deanshanger recovered more than 60 bags of poo from the streets

Dog walkers are warning fellow owners to scoop up their pets’ poop to avoid children picking up sight-threatening diseases and fines of up to £4,000.

More than 60 bags of dog poo were collected in just one week as environmental officers targeted Deanshanger streets and alleyways.

There are four dog poo disposal bins in Deanshanger

There are four dog poo disposal bins in Deanshanger

During the blitz, several owners expressed concerns about the roundworm parasites which lurk in dog droppings.

Deanshanger grandmother Bridget Howes walks Ted the jug - a jack russell and pug cross - every day and she wants to remind other dog owners that if children wipe muck on their eyes, they could end up blind.

She said: “I’ve got grandchildren and if they fell in it, it could be dangerous for their eyes.

“I’m really vigilant with Ted and there are plenty of bins, so there’s no excuse.”

I’ve got grandchildren and if they fell in it, it could be dangerous for their eyes”

Bridget Howes

Toxocariasis, which can cause blindness, spreads from animals to humans via their infected faeces.

Steve Power, who uses the Deanshanger streets to exercise his cocker spaniel Bentley and Bindy, his chihuahua cross, thinks more effort needs to be made to keep the roads safe and clean.

He said: “I hate it and it reflects badly on everyone. It doesn’t take much effort at all to pick up after your dog. It’s just laziness.”

The blitz was carried out by South Northants Council officers who also put up signs to warn dog walkers of the penalties they face and the bugs the poo can carry.

A crouching dog doing its business

A crouching dog doing its business

Officers collected 61 bags from streets including an alleyway known as the Black Path which connects Springfield Gardens to Glebe Road in Deanshanger.

One of the mounds of poo was left just inches from one of four dog bins in the area.

Andrew Grant, deputy leader and portfolio holder for environmental services at SNC, warned dog-walkers of the heavy fines they could face.

He said: “These irresponsible dog owners should be aware we are watching and we will prosecute where there is evidence to do so.

“I think the vast majority of dog owners will agree with me that it is disgusting that some people are willing to risk the health of others by not cleaning up after their pets.

“And frankly it is just unpleasant. How many of us have stepped in something and trodden it around the house?”

Anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog could be issued with an immediate fine of £75 or up to £4,000 if the case goes to a magistrates court.