Dog waste is very unpleasant, a nuisance and can be a public health issue. Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 makes it an offence for a person in charge of a dog not to clean up when their dog fouls in a public place and the faeces must be properly disposed of in a suitable sanitary manner.
Dog fouling is a health hazard and some day your child might be affected by someone else’s failure ‘to do the right thing ‘.Train you dog to “go at home” in the garden.
Failure to clean up your dog’s waste can lead to a €150 “on the spot fine or on summary conviction of up to €4,000.
Toxocariasis is a disease found in animal faeces and is caused by the eggs of the roundworm toxocara. These can be passed from dogs to humans through contact with animal faeces and contaminated soil.
Children are particularly at risk and infection can lead to illness and even partial blindness. This is an entirely preventable health risk and the principal reason that dog owners should clean up after their pets.
Freshly deposited faeces are not infectious because toxocara eggs do not become infectious for at least 2-3 weeks after the faeces have been deposited.
NB: There is no risk of catching toxocariasis whilst immediately cleaning after your dog.