More people would bag it if they knew the problems it causes

Councillor Roger Knight and his daughter’s dog Paddy next to one of the new bins. 26073901.

Councillor Roger Knight and his daughter’s dog Paddy next to one of the new bins. 26073901. Buy this photo

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A RAFT of new dog bins could help Worcester City Council keep its streets and parks free from unpleasant mess.

Since April, 15 bins have been placed around the city thanks to £15,000 set aside in this year’s budget.

A further 25 are set to follow in the coming weeks and the Take Pride campaign is the perfect opportunity to remind pet owners to stop and clean up after their animals. David Sutton, the city council’s service manager for cleaner and greener, said: “I am really pleased to be able to put more bins in as it is an area that is difficult for councils.

“If you are unfortunate enough to step in dog mess it’s very unpleasant and one incident is too many.

“The vast majority of people do pick it up and are very responsible – but it only takes a very small number to cause a problem.”

Dr Chris Catchpole, consultant microbiologist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, was keen to point out the health risks of not cleaning up after your pets.

He said: “It is more than just the aesthetics which are upsetting. I can list numerous different parasites which make their home in dog faeces, the most serious of which – the roundworm toxocara canis – can leave people seriously ill and at risk of losing their sight.

“Worst of all, the people affected by such a parasite are likely to be children. It is much more common in children because they tend to play in contaminated dirt and sand more than adults.

“But parents should not panic about letting their children play in the park just yet.

“Nationally there are only about 10 cases a year, although that is probably an underestimation as much of the time infections can display no symptoms.

“I believe people would be far quicker to clean up their dog mess if they were aware of the problems it can cause.”

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2:56pm Sat 14 Jul 12

mauro balbino says...

“I believe people would be far quicker to clean up their dog mess if they were aware of the problems it can cause.”

They simply don't care.
Efficacy in detecting and punishing is what is needed, because we can't rely on people who leave their dogs' faeces behind on basis they don't know all the implications.
That is reasoning naivety with people who just don't care.
“I believe people would be far quicker to clean up their dog mess if they were aware of the problems it can cause.” They simply don't care. Efficacy in detecting and punishing is what is needed, because we can't rely on people who leave their dogs' faeces behind on basis they don't know all the implications. That is reasoning naivety with people who just don't care. mauro balbino
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12:58pm Sun 15 Jul 12

spider666 says...

mauro balbino wrote:
“I believe people would be far quicker to clean up their dog mess if they were aware of the problems it can cause.”

They simply don't care.
Efficacy in detecting and punishing is what is needed, because we can't rely on people who leave their dogs' faeces behind on basis they don't know all the implications.
That is reasoning naivety with people who just don't care.
Can't argue with you at all ---They are either going to pick it up or not and those that usually can't be bothered only do so when they know they are being observed.I walk my dog daily and i would never dream of not picking up after him.Heavy fines and an appearance in the WN are what's needed.More wardens are needed.
[quote][p][bold]mauro balbino[/bold] wrote: “I believe people would be far quicker to clean up their dog mess if they were aware of the problems it can cause.” They simply don't care. Efficacy in detecting and punishing is what is needed, because we can't rely on people who leave their dogs' faeces behind on basis they don't know all the implications. That is reasoning naivety with people who just don't care.[/p][/quote]Can't argue with you at all ---They are either going to pick it up or not and those that usually can't be bothered only do so when they know they are being observed.I walk my dog daily and i would never dream of not picking up after him.Heavy fines and an appearance in the WN are what's needed.More wardens are needed. spider666
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11:09pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Jabbadad says...

The only chance for more bins solving the serious health problems from inconsiderate Dog owners, must be to lower the bins to the floor and hope the dogs can use them without the need for these lazy dog owners being involved.
And I hear the keyboards firing up, with not me, not my Fidoe, but there are loads of dog mess to prove otherwise. So more fines, and lower dog pooh boxes!!!
The only chance for more bins solving the serious health problems from inconsiderate Dog owners, must be to lower the bins to the floor and hope the dogs can use them without the need for these lazy dog owners being involved. And I hear the keyboards firing up, with not me, not my Fidoe, but there are loads of dog mess to prove otherwise. So more fines, and lower dog pooh boxes!!! Jabbadad
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