Dog dirt hotspots in Keighley are revealed

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Irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets are being put under the spotlight.

Bradford Council has released a list of hotspots, with 1,111 dog fouling reports received between January 1 and October 31 last year across the district.

But officials say catching offenders is “proving extremely difficult”.

Most complaints in the Keighley district were in Central ward, where there were 51, closely followed by Keighley West (49).

Other figures locally were 43 in Bingley Rural, 42 in Keighley East, 32 in Worth Valley and 31 in Craven.

A report, due to be discussed by Shipley Area Committee last night, says tackling the problem is a priority in the majority of wards. It said: “It is rare for a member of the public to know exactly who is responsible, or they are reluctant to say who they are. The majority of dog walkers are out in the early morning and early evening and wardens have targeted campaigns to address the issue.”

Councillor Andrew Thornton, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said walkers who failed to clean up after their dogs could be issued with fines.

He added: “If we have information we can take action.”

The council has increased the number of neighbourhood wardens who can issue fixed penalty notices.

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3:18pm Sun 3 Feb 13

piper56 says...

about time this was addressed the Council dont usually want to know
about time this was addressed the Council dont usually want to know piper56
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5:41am Tue 5 Feb 13

Goosie says...

Though I cannot find the list in detail I wonder if Oakworth was added with specific reference to the main Oakworth's Colne Road leading towards the school and park.

It has a large amount of dog dirt on either side of the road which for many is difficult to avoid if one is pushing a pram.

Parents / carers, children and toddlers are constantly avoiding the dog mess or cleaning up shoes, pram wheels etc. due to it.

What is more concerning are the school children who need to change their shoes and may not realise some of the dog faeces no matter how small will transmit disease if their hands are not washed properly.

According to research ‘It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million ‘fecal coliform bacteria’ which are known to cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.’

Irresponsible dog owners should take on more responsibility for their pets and protect our children.
Though I cannot find the list in detail I wonder if Oakworth was added with specific reference to the main Oakworth's Colne Road leading towards the school and park. It has a large amount of dog dirt on either side of the road which for many is difficult to avoid if one is pushing a pram. Parents / carers, children and toddlers are constantly avoiding the dog mess or cleaning up shoes, pram wheels etc. due to it. What is more concerning are the school children who need to change their shoes and may not realise some of the dog faeces no matter how small will transmit disease if their hands are not washed properly. According to research ‘It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million ‘fecal coliform bacteria’ which are known to cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.’ Irresponsible dog owners should take on more responsibility for their pets and protect our children. Goosie
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