Eight kilos of dog poop were removed from a West Sussex beauty spot in one morning.
Worthing Councilor Vicki Wells, who is also Cabinet Member for the Environment, says volunteers picked up eight kilos of dog poo from Shepherds Mead near Cissbury Ring – about the same weight as an average bichon frisé dog.
In a Twitter post, the city council said dog waste was “littering bushes and paths,” with some being found and left behind.
Cllr Poo Patrol – coming soon to a green space near you! We collected *8kg of dog poo* on the ground – or in sacks littering bushes and paths in Cissbury (YUK!). Parasites in feces are a hazard to humans and livestock, so pack it up and dispose of it. 🐶💩🦠
— Cllr Vicki Wells 🇺🇦 (@vicki4labour) November 16, 2022
Cissbury Ring is a National Trust site and Proposed Monument near Findon.
Cissbury Ring, Jessica Hubbard 2
It is one of the largest hill forts in Europe and looks back on more than 5,000 years of history.
Graeme Brooker, Park Warden at Adur and Worthing Councils, has warned of how harmful dog poop can be to both livestock and people.
“The majority of dog owners are unaware of the dangers that dog feces pose to livestock and are unaware of a parasite that can be transmitted by dogs,” he said.
“Dogs are not affected by this parasite so the owner will not know their dog is a carrier, but the parasite is the leading cause of miscarriage and stillbirth in cattle in the UK.
“Also, once infected, livestock cannot be cured, which unfortunately results in livestock usually being destroyed.”
Dog poop can also harm other dogs and humans, in some cases leading to toxocariasis and symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, asthma, pneumonia, and seizures.
Councils have now warned dog owners about patrols taking place at “dog poop hotspots” in the countryside.
“Our officers will patrol locations where there have been reports of dog poop and fine irresponsible dog walkers caught leaving the litter to damage beauty marks,” a spokesman said.
Fines of up to £75 can be imposed for anyone who drops dog waste bags, with fines of £100 for owners who fail to collect their dogs.
Ignoring fines can result in a larger fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.
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