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Call for Wardens to Patrol Braunstone Park

December 18, 2010 2:02 AM
Ian Bradwell

Dog owner Ian Bradwell calls for Wardens to fine people who do not clear away their pets foul

Braunstone resident Ian Bradwell is calling for City Wardens to increase patrols not just in Braunstone but all local parks across the City and look to hand out fines to dog owners who do not clear away their pets foul.

Ian said, "Dog foul can be very dangerous to young children who could catch Toxocariasis, which is an serious infection. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months. Symptoms include eye disorders, nausea, asthma and epileptic fits. Often the eggs are ingested when passed to the mouth by the hands, but this can also occur through contact with dogs or other inanimate objects including the wheels of toys and the soles of shoes. Infected soil samples are often found in play areas and as a result."

Toxocariasis most commonly affects children between 18 months and five years.