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Dog mess epidemic in King’s Sutton

January 17th, 2018

It seems the irresponsible dog owners of King’s Sutton are currently doing their level best to create an ocean of dog’s mess throughout the village. Reports received in the last few days suggest the problem of dog fouling is at an all time high with the following places particularly badly affected:

  • Bulls Lane
  • Banbury Lane
  • Richmond Street
  • The jitty between Richmond Street and the Rec

The thoughtless idiots to blame for this filthy, anti-social and downright dangerous problem aren’t simply confining their disgusting habits to the village’s footpaths, however – they’re even leaving their dogs’ mess at the Playing Fields and on the Rec! And if dog owners are stupid enough to leave their dogs’ mess in play areas, the chances are they’re not bothering to get their pets wormed regularly either, which means young children in King’s Sutton are being exposed to the risk of roundworm infection that could ultimately damage their eyesight. 

Here (courtesy of wikiHow) is a handy guide to the worms that can be present in dog mess: 

  • Roundworms look a lot like cooked spaghetti noodles. They average 8-10cm long, but can reach 18cm in length. They have a round profile and smooth bodies.
  • Tapeworms are distinctive with flattened bodies made up of segments. The length varies with the species but averages from 50-250cm long. If you see tapeworms in dog faeces or vomit, it is likely to be individual segments, not the entire tapeworm.
  • Hookworms and whipworms are much smaller than roundworms or tapeworms. They are usually between 0.5-2cm long and extremely thin, like a strand of thread or hair. Their small size tends to make them appear translucent, and they can be more difficult to see without close examination. 

What to do?

If you witness someone letting their dog foul in a public place without cleaning it up afterwards, please report them to South Northamptonshire Council immediately using the online form here. Include the name and address of the person in charge of the dog (if known), a description of the dog, plus details of the date, time and place of the offence. Even if you don’t know all the details, it’s still worth reporting. The more reports the district council receives, the more likely it is to take action. 

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