Dog mess is at the very least unsightly, but it can also be a health hazard if left lying around, especially for young children. To prevent the possible spread of infection, dog-owners should always dispose of dog faeces in a responsible way.
If you are concerned about dog owners allowing their animals to foul Lewisham Homes’ communal areas, you should report this. Please provide the following information:
- The name and address of the person in charge of the dog;
- A description of the dog; and
- Details of the date, time and location of the offence.
If you are a dog owner, you may find the following information useful:
- If you have a garden encourage the dog to 'go' there; you can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and bin it.
- If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or obtain poop scoops from a local pet shop. Every time your dog fouls 'bag it and bin it'. Dispose of the bagged dog’s mess in the street litter bins or take the poop scoop home and dispose of it there.
- Be sure to wash your hands afterwards to prevent infection.
- Never let your dog out alone to 'go to the loo.'
Toxocariasis is an infection caused by roundworm that are spread in the faeces (stools) of infected dogs. It is spread from animals to humans. This article from the National Health Service (NHS) website explains more about the infection and health risks from dog fouling.