West Lindsey District Council campaign to clean up dog dirt issue

PCSO Neil Harrison and WLDC Community Officer Gaynor Allen with dog owner Scott Shepardson
PCSO Neil Harrison and WLDC Community Officer Gaynor Allen with dog owner Scott Shepardson
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The crackdown on environmental crime in our region continued this week as West Lindsey District Council officers hit the streets of Market Rasen to target dog fouling.

Councillors and PCSOs joined enforcement officers on patrol, handing out free dog foul bags, distributing leaflets, advising residents and businesses, and looking for any dog fouling culprits.

PCSO Neil Harrison told the Rasen Mail that one area which would be targeted following resident complaints was the town’s Brambles estate.

Coun Alan Caine, ward member for Caistor and lead member for community safety said: “Not cleaning up after your dog is irresponsible dog ownership. We need people to report incidents so we can target problem areas and maintain an attractive environment for residents and visitors.”

Community Action Officer Kate Hearn added: “Not only does this make the streets and public areas look and smell unpleasant it also poses a considerable health hazard.

“Dog faeces carry the parasite Toxocara Canis which, when digested, has been proven to cause severe illness in children and people with lowered immune systems, leading to blindness.”

The council expects all owners to clean up after their dogs. Dog bins are provided across the district and free dog foul bags are available from Market Rasen Festival Hall.

Pictured is WLDC community officer Gaynar Allen, PCSO Neil Harrison and dog owner Scott Shepardson.