Weed hurt dog in Brighton

ANOTHER Brighton dog was injured by overgrown weeds, with barley grass seeds – flea darts – being the culprit.

The latest victim is Molly, a Westdene rescue dog who now wears a dog scarf to protect her ears.

Her owner Adam Page bought the snood after taking Molly to the vet to remove a sperm spear that had lodged in her ear after walking the streets of Withdean and Westdene.

Mr Page saw the story of Lily, the Woodingdean puppy whose owner spent hundreds of pounds in vet bills to remove semen from her paws.

In Molly’s case, it cost £300 to remove a barley grass seed from her ear because Coastway Vets in Portslade had to calm her down to remove it.

Molly injured dog in the tube

Molly injured dog in the tube

Mr Page said: “She was crying and shaking her head in pain. It was awful to see.

“It happened on a street in Withdean/Westdene where we live. If you walk the streets, these seeds are everywhere. And strips of grass weren’t cut, with weeds over the sidewalk and edges. It just looks awful.

“When it rains, the sidewalks get slippery. We never thought we would have to buy her a dog scarf to cover her ears.

“After every walk we have to check their ears and pull seeds from their fur and paws.”

Westdene barley grass

Westdene barley grass

Brighton and Hove City Council said it had tried to hire 28 seasonal workers to help tackle the weeds but had received few applications.

Green councilor Steve Davis, who represents the parish of Withdean, said last month that Brexit was to blame for recruitment problems, with hospitality, transport and the NHS also suffering.

He said: “Around 1.4 million EU citizens have left this country – and they are never coming back.

“These people are mowing our verges, stacking our shelves and taking care of our senior citizens in care homes. It’s a real struggle with recruitment.”

It’s the third summer that weeds on the sidewalk have become a problem after city councilors voted in 2019 to end the use of glyphosate herbicide, sold commercially as Roundup.

The council said two teams of contractors had focused on weeding, while further efforts were being made to hire permanent workers.

Council leader Phélim Mac Cafferty also said last month that council staff are using new low-vibration trimmers.

And, he added, staff at Cityclean, the community’s garbage and recycling service, have been offered overtime to focus on weeding. Weed hurt dog in Brighton

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