Thank you to all the responsible dog owners in Toddington for clearing up after their dogs and using the bins provided. Sadly we are still having reports of owners allowing their dogs to foul public footpaths, alleyways and grassed areas of the Parish and not clearing up after them. We would remind dog owners that The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 makes it an offence not to remove any faeces deposited by your dog. It applies to all land open to the air that has public access, whether or not the warning signs are displayed. The offence carries a maximum penalty of £1,000. An offender may be given the option of paying a £50 fixed penalty notice to avoid prosecution and a subsequent criminal record if found guilty. Apart from the legal consequences of dog fouling, there are health implications. Symptoms vary but, in severe cases, partial or total loss of sight may occur or Toxocariasis which is caused by worm eggs being ingested. Getting dog mess into wounds may also cause infections. Another danger is people being injured by slipping on dog mess. It is important when walking to always carry the means to clear up after your dog – a simple plastic bag will do the trick or obtain "poop scoops" from your local pet shop. Dispose of the bag correctly by either using a dog waste bin or taking it home, suitably wrapped, and place in your own refuse bin. Do not dump the bag in a hedge or elsewhere as this is littering which carries the same penalty as dog fouling. If you have a garden, encourage your dog to "go to the loo" there – you can then clean it up, bin it and disinfect the area. Never let your dog go out alone to the loo. Always clean up after your dog and worm them regularly. Vets normally advise worming dogs every three to four months. Also children should be taught basic hygiene and not to let dogs lick their faces. The Central Bedfordshire Council Wardens have been informed and asked to keep an eye on the problem areas. If anyone sees an incident involving this type of irresponsible behaviour please help the Dog Wardens by reporting it to Central Bedfordshire Council on 0300 300 8302 and give times and details.
We are sorry to report that further
to the distressing reports of dog attacks in the last newsletter; dogs have
been seen running free without their owners being visible or in attendance at
Crowbush Farm and the Glebe. The Parish Council urge
anyone seeing loose and unsupervised dogs anywhere to report them to Central
Bedfordshire Council Dog Wardens -Tel: 0300 300 8302 (daytime) or 08444 828321
– (afterhours service) for further steps to be taken which can include
substantial fines and possibly removal of the dogs. Dogs must be on lead and if you know your
dog to be unpredictable, please take extra care in areas used by children and
other people for recreation and leisure activities.