Scoop the Poop
Our park is used by many dog owners, and the vast majority of them pick up after their dog. However, there are a very small percentage of owners who do not pick up after their dogs. These owners enter the park, and let their dogs run away. The dog travels several yards, and then deposits his poop. The owner will argue that the dog has traveled a great distance, and that it’s very hard for them to find the exact area where the poop is located. Oddly enough, it’s very easy for children to find it. They walk right over to it, and often pick it up. Pet waste is full of bacteria, parasites and viruses that can make wildlife and people sick! In fact, many dogs and puppies are infected with the parasitic worm, toxocariasis, which can cause stomach pains, fever and even blindness. Freshly deposited faeces are not infectious as the eggs take 2-3 weeks to develop, so you can safely clean up after your dog. However, once developed, the parasite can contaminate soil or sand for up to 2 years!
Most dog owners are incredibly responsible. Not only do they pick up their own dog’s waste, but they also pick up any other dog waste that they see in the immediate area. Yet, in a recent tidy day, we managed to fill an entire bin bag with poop that was scooped from just one small area of the park. We know that the problem in the park is attributable to very small minority of dog owners, and all we can really do is ask dog owners to please help keep the park clean and tidy, and scoop the poop!
If you see someone who is not cleaning up after their dog, please report them to the Dog Warden Service on 0161 474 4207.