Published: 9 Mar 20
Sadly, we have had to clear up large amounts of dog excrement at our playing field yet again this morning. The playing field has a ‘No Dogs’ status and that is extremely well advertised.
Dog fouling is a major concern to many people, not just because of the mess it causes, but because it can be a health risk. Dogs may deposit roundworm eggs (toxocara canis) in their faeces, which become infectious after about three weeks, and can remain so for up to two years.
Anyone, but particularly children playing near to the ground, can run the risk of picking up and swallowing the eggs. The eggs then hatch in the intestine, burrow through the intestine wall into the blood stream and pass into the body.
Possible symptoms of toxocaral infection range from aches, dizziness and nausea to asthma and pneumonia, but as these symptoms can all be caused by other things, infections often go undiagnosed. In the UK there are around 100 cases of toxocariasis diagnosed each year.
In rare cases eye disease and loss of vision can be caused when the toxocara larva passes through the eye.
The reason we have a dog ban on this field is to protect our young people from this risk. Unfortunately a few dog owners are still allowing dogs to run in the field, in fact from our CCTV we can identify several offenders who are present whilst their dogs are running in the field but we also know of other owners who let their dogs out to roam free and unaccompanied and the dogs also run around our playing field.
Secondly, today we had to clear up an open, dirty, used nappy left on the wall of our playing field. Again, this is disgusting and unacceptable. There are ample bins in the playing field and we ask our users to really consider whether this is something our staff should have to deal with but equally should families wishing to use the park be faced with this.
Kenwyn Parish Council is investing heavily in the playing field and new equipment will be installed very soon. We can only keep improving your field and maintaining this as an important open space and play area for our children with everyone’s co-operation. Allowing dogs to mess or leaving dirty nappies must not happen if we are to continue with this very important facility.