New campaign is launched against dog fouling

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ENOUGH’S Enough - action will be taken against lazy dog owners who make a mess of our neighbourhoods.

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

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

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of the environmental services committee, said: “Dog fouling is dangerous and offensive and our residents are fed up with it.

“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.”

Toxocariasis 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.

To report an incident of dog fouling, phone 01698 403110.

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

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