SCOOP THE POOP – Dog Dirt Causes Disease

Dog dirt is smelly, sticky, disgusting and can cause disease. It should not be left for others to take care of in public places.

The Litter Pollution Acts 1997 – 2009 require dog owners to clean-up after their pets foul in public places such as public roads, footpaths,parks and beaches. An on the spot fine can be imposed on the owner of a dog who fouls in a public place,
which, if not paid could, lead to prosecution and a much larger penalty.

Dog dirt can cause disease. Toxocara is a common worm found in dogs. Infectious stages of this worm can be found in dog faeces. Public parks,public pathways and beaches are high risk areas.  Toxocara can also infect humans, mainly causing illness in young children. The
infection can last between six and twenty four months. Infection can cause damage
to the liver, lungs and eyes, sometimes leading to blindness.

Dog owners cause a health risk to others by not removing dog faeces from public places and disposing of it in a proper manner. The worm eggs can only infect humans if swallowed. Children are at risk of infection when they handle dogs or handle toys, footballs, soles of shoes or buggy wheels which have been contaminated with dog faeces.

Do not let your dog foul in a public place,but if it does foul in a public place,you are
required to collect and dispose of the faeces in a suitable sanitary manner, so that the
public is protected from this nuisance. It is as easy as taking a bag with you every
time you walk your dog in a public place. Simply place the bag over the faeces and
lift it whilst pulling the bag downwards with your other hand. Tie a knot in the bag
and dispose of it in a litter bin or take it home for disposal. Wash your hands when
you arrive home. Alternatively, Pooper Scoopers are available free of charge from
Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary,Waterford and Wexford County Councils.

Remember – Scoop the poop

  • Worm your dog routinely (every three months is advised)
  • Wash your hands after handling your dog
  • Ensure your children wash their hands thoroughly following play outside and before eating.
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