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Dog fouling concerns

PUBLISHED: 11:23 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 05 July 2010

I AM writing to voice concern with regard to the dog fouling situation in the town.

I have read several articles in The Journal relating to the matter, however, I am yet to see any improvement.

I AM writing to voice concern with regard to the dog fouling situation in the town.

I have read several articles in The Journal relating to the matter, however, I am yet to see any improvement.

I read about the cleansing department clearing leaves, chewing gum and cigarette butts but have not read anything about the action being taken to cleanse the town of this horrid, potentially disease-ridden filth.

I have a two-year-old son and want the environment he grows up in to be clean and safe so that he can explore and learn without having to repeat “mind the dog poo” and constantly risk assess each step he takes.

His environment is presently a disgrace and every outing becomes an obstacle course, thwarting his enjoyment and leaving him open to disease. This may sound like an over reaction but it stems from many a close call such as the time he crawled in dog excrement and picked it up during the summer. It had been left by the sea wall on the lower promenade of the South Beach where children and adults alike play, eat picnics and walk barefoot. More often than not we end up with dog mess on our shoes or on the wheels of my son's buggy due to the selfish ignorance of some dog owners. I cannot believe the extent of this potentially dangerous nuisance and fail to understand why the council is not tackling the problem head on or why people do not take pride in their town.

Dog faeces and urine both have the potential to spread disease.

Toxocara canis is a common parasite disease causing asthma, epilepsy and blindness. Toddlers playing in parks or on beaches are especially vulnerable as it is caught by swallowing soil contaminated with Toxocara eggs spread through infected dog faeces. Toxocara canis is preventable if responsible owners clean up after their animals, this is not happening in the town and there for children are at risk.

I would like to see the council take a more proactive stance as the problem will not go away and is certainly not getting any better.

Dog's mess testing is already used in Dresden and Cologne in Germany and in Tel Aviv in Israel. This would be an excellent and ground breaking method in which to resolve the issue Lowestoft is currently facing and there is no reason why it should have a detrimental cost to the council.

If it was compulsory for dog owners to have dog licences once again and for them to pay for DNA testing perpetrators could be found and fined and we would all benefit from a cleaner, safer environment.

It is time for Lowestoft councillors to start doing in order to keep our public areas clean and untainted and its residents safe from harm

MRS HOAD

Lowestoft

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