Please take part in this survey to help us build evidence around the issue of dog fouling in the county and launch a campaign to educate and inform people about the issue.
This consultation is now closed.
We want all dog owners who live or visit Powys to be responsible and pick up after the dogs. The vast majority do but we’d like to make Powys a dog foul free zone in 2016 and future years.
The survey closed on 31st January 2016.
At present, although a topical issue, we receive only a small number of complaints or more specifically any details of dog owners allowing their dogs to foul and so we can't issue many fixed penalty notices to try and reduce incidents.
We know dog fouling is an issue that affects a whole community. Not only is it an eyesore and very unpleasant to step in, but if people don’t pick up after their dogs, a type of larva develops in the mess which can then be passed onto humans and lead to flu like symptoms and in some cases blindness (toxocariasis). Children are particularly prone to crawling and rolling around in grass in parks and playing fields and are more likely to be at risk than adults.
Powys County Council and Dyfed Powys Police are working with the Powys Community Safety Partnership to try and reduce dog fouling and we’d like your help to do so.
Eye disorders are the most commonly reported complaint associated with toxocariasis. This is caused by the transportation of larvae via the retinal artery to the eye, potentially causing blindness through the growth of non-malignant tumours or the development of detached retinas.
It is very likely that a huge number of toxocariasis cases go unreported and unrecognised by either the public or by doctors because the flu-like symptoms are not so obvious. Other symptoms are vague aches, dizziness and nausea, asthma and epileptic fits.
For more information see www.encams.org