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Northamptonshire dog owners took the chance to get some fresh air during the lockdown – but it came at a stinking, germ-laden cost.
A garbage disposal company estimates that dog waste litter is quite a lot 200 PER CENT, a clear sign that not all dog owners clean up after their puppies.
Divert.co.uk, which provides councils and private landowners with dog waste disposal services, is alarmed by this increase and the public health impact.
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Spokesman Mark Hall said: “It is disgusting to see some dog owners failing to pick up their pets when it is a crime and the litter can lead to serious illness.
“Walking your dog is important for both the pet and the owner to exercise, especially if we are all house tied during lockdown.
“Unfortunately, thanks to the thoughtless behavior of a few people, dog owners have a bad reputation again due to the massive increase in dog clutter on the streets.”
With Lockdown 3 in full swing, current guidelines in England allow people to run their dog alone or with their households or support bladders, or exercise with someone from another household.
“/>A garbage disposal company stinks from the amount of dog poop that is not bagged and disposed of by the owners
But divert.co.uk believes there are fewer people on the go, which means irresponsible owners believe they can get away with leaving their dog’s poop behind.
Not only is it unsightly, it can be dangerous to you and your family’s health.
In extreme circumstances, exposure to dog feces can cause toxocariasis, an infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in the worst case, blindness or seizures.
And it is often even more regrettable that children are the poor victims of falling into dog poop and putting themselves at risk of nasty infection.
Litter fighters Keep Britain Tidy, who have run high profile campaigns like Dog Poo Fairy, have found nine out of ten owners clean up after their dog.
However, the other ten percent risk fixed criminal charges of up to £ 100, which can go as high as £ 1,000 if the matter goes to court.
Mr. Hall added: “There really is no excuse for this behavior, especially since the garbage can be put in any public container.
“It’s lockdown laziness – especially those who wrap up the mess and then don’t throw the bag away.”