How we are working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Our parish council has been invited to enter into a dog control partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council. We know that dog fouling is of concern to residents and so we have decided to join the partnership.

The aim of the partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to build close links between their dog wardens and ourselves, to provide a better service in responding to fouling and to deter it from happening in the first place.

The training will provide Sproatley councillors with the knowledge and appreciation of how to provide the evidence needed to prove an offence under the dog control orders. As residents of Sproatley parish councillors will now be keeping an eye out for fouling problems and talking to dog walkers in our parish. We will be carrying out joint patrols with the council’s dog wardens over the next few months to learn first-hand how they deal with the problem. We will particularly be looking at specific problem areas.

The great majority of dog walkers do pick up after their dog and get really annoyed with the few who don’t as they don’t want to be “tarred with the same brush.” There is no excuse for not picking up.

If you have any information on those responsible for allowing dogs to foul without picking up you can contact us on 01482 813268 or via this link.

Blindness in children from dog fouling caused by Toxocara canis

Whilst the problem should not be exaggerated, it is necessary for dog owners and the public to know what they need to do to minimise the risk.

Toxocara canis is a parasite that lives inside dogs’ bodies. It is a round, white worm (looks like spaghetti) and it infects, most frequently, pregnant nursing bitches and young puppies.

Once ingested they can travel around the body, usually causing little problem.  Very rarely though, they can settle in the soft tissue of the retina of the eye, where damage or even blindness can be caused, approximately 50 cases a year are recorded.

Preventative measures include:

  • Worm your dog properly both as a puppy and as an adult.
  • Clean up after your dog has fouled.
  • Prevent dogs from licking your hands and face.
  • Ensure hands are washed after playing on grassed areas where dogs are allowed and where dogs or puppies have been handled.

If you have any information on owners not cleaning up after their dogs please contact the dog warden.

Tel: (01482) 396301

Using litter bins for dog waste

Some residents have asked us if they can put dog faeces in litter bins. 

We can confirm that all East Riding of Yorkshire Council litter bins may be used for disposing of bagged up dog waste collected whilst walking your dog.  If anyone leaves bags of dog waste on trees, bushes, the base of a lamp post etc. they are committing a littering offence that may also be punished by way of a £75 fixed penalty being issued.

If you would like to report an offender, please ring the dog warden.

Tel: (01482) 396301

or contact the streetscene team to report a littering offence or to report a full litter bin.

Tel: (01482) 393939

Reports can also be made through the council’s website at www.eastriding.gov.uk