Anti-dog fouling visits to problem areas

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Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is continuing its anti-dog fouling campaign with visits to known problem areas.

A spokesperson said: “There has been a lot of feedback from the campaign so far with lots of support via social media and officers have being patrolling areas highlighted.

“Requests have been made for more dog waste bins however owners are reminded that bagged dog waste can be put in any residual waste bin.”

Irresponsible dog owners are being reminded of the risks to health associated with dog fouling.

Dog faeces can contain campylobacter, salmonella and other potentially harmful organisms, which contaminate wounds or broken skin, as well as causing other serious illnesses.

Other risks include Toxocariasis and Hydatid disease.

The spokesman continued: “As well as being a general health risk, dog fouling is a particular hazard for workers, especially grass cutters.

“We get regular reports of workers getting covered in fouling whilst strimming and one had to attend A&E after getting some in his eyes.”

The fixed penalty for dog fouling is being increased from £40 to £80 from the 1st April 2016.

People can report instances of dog fouling to Consumer and Environmental Services by calling 01851 822694 or emailing: here