Pet owners urged to clean up after dogs

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PETS at Home in Scarborough is holding an event this weekend to raise awareness of the importance of picking up after your dog while out for walks.

Colleagues at the Seamer Road store will be on hand on Saturday and Sunday to advise customers on top tips to ensure a clean environment for everyone.

A spokesman has warned that dog mess is not only unpleasant, it can carry nasty parasites such as roundworm, which can infect other pets and even humans.

Store Manager Michael Southwick at Pets at Home said: “For many dogs and owners, the daily walks are the best part of the day and we want to help keep those walks enjoyable for everyone.

“We’re having our event to highlight the responsibilities of owning a dog, whether that’s talking about the right worming treatment or giving good advice for when you’re out and about with your pet.”

Picking up after your dog is more than just a social responsibility, it is a legal requirement under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 and owners are obliged to clean up after their pet when in public spaces or they risk being fined. Dozens of people have been prosecuted this year for failing to clean up after their dogs.

More than 80 per cent of councils provide dedicated dog waste bins.