How lucky are we in Kenton to have vast expanses of clean and pristine beaches on which to walk and play. But are our beaches really as clean and pristine as we’d like to think or do they harbour diseases and bacteria?
Sadly, because we have a large number of irresponsible (resident and visitor) dog owners, our beaches are a breeding ground for zoonoses.
Dog poo is exceedingly harmful to children, not to mention pretty disgusting! These faeces, as well as being an environmental pollutant, can carry:
Not to mention TOXOCARIASIS which often affects young children as they’re more likely to come into contact with contaminated sand when they play on our beaches and then put their hands in their mouths. Although rare, most children (and adults) make a full recovery and do not experience any long-term complications. However, there’s definitely a risk of permanent vision loss if one of the eyes is affected.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO to protect our children and grandchildren?
- Pick up you dog poo, not only on the beaches, but also on the paths and pavements
- Use biodegradable poo bags (no more plastic please)
- Dispose of the poo bags responsibly
- Photograph and report irresponsible dog owners
KOSRA has made biodegradable dog poo bags available at the HOUSE PLANNER (for a donation). They are also on sale at the Kariega VET and Paws & Claws. There is no excuse!
AND REMEMBER… In terms of our By-laws, if your dog is not on a lead in a public place, you could be liable to a fine of R200.
KOSRA WORKING FOR YOU!