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East Lancashire dog owners warned over fouling danger

Chorley Citizen: Farmer Paul Threlfall with one of his calving cows Farmer Paul Threlfall with one of his calving cows

DOG walkers could be threatening farmers’ livelihoods by letting their pets foul in East Lancashire fields.

Cattle aborting their young in farms in Rishton, Clayton-le-Moors and Gisburn have all been linked to neosporosis, a disease caused by a rapidly-spreading parasite.

The parasite’s eggs are produced by infected dogs and excreted in their faeces, with cattle becoming infected when they eat or drink contaminated water.

There is no cure, and no vaccine currently licensed for use in the UK.

County advisor for the National Farmers’ Union, Adam Briggs, said: “We get sporadic outbreaks and this is something we have raised in the past with MPs.

“There was a case in Gisburn, where a farmer lost a lot of cattle.

“We say, ‘if you pick it up in the streets, pick it up in a field’. We want to encourage people who go in the countryside to be aware of this.”

Angry dairy farmer, Paul Threlfall, 43, said people taking their pets onto Holt Farm, in Holt Street, Rishton, and Whinisles Farm in Clayton-le-Moors, could be responsible for the failure of some of his cattle to bear young.

He said: “Nationally, about four per cent of a herd will abort offspring throughout pregnancy, and four to six of the livestock will not go on to calf. It’s not a massive percentage but it is a problem.

“You spend years raising cattle, and then you realise it’s a non-breeder.

“Dog fouling is a problem anywhere, but this needs to be brought to the attention of dog walkers, and it might make them more responsible when they are walking through farm land. They just think it’s a big park.”

The Rishton councillor Harry Grayson added: “It’s not just dog fouling in the street that is causing harm. It’s a huge problem as far as farmers are concerned too.

“This parasite is harmful to cattle as well as children.

“People have a responsibility, and whilst dog owners are not all irresponsible, there an element of the dog walking fraternity who are irresponsible and do not pick their dogs’ fouling up.

“We have increase the fine in Hyndburn to £1,000, and people best watch out because we are looking for them.”

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7:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

The whole country is ankle deep in dog mess. I walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal almost daily and you can't go twenty yards without coming a cross the filth.
The authorities keep on about fines and prosecutions, but very few are caught, it's just another law that cannot be policed.
They keep talking about responsible dog owners, let's get it straight, a lot of people are not
So let the authorities chest bang and make their threats, the street wise people amongst us know nothing will ever change.
The whole country is ankle deep in dog mess. I walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal almost daily and you can't go twenty yards without coming a cross the filth. The authorities keep on about fines and prosecutions, but very few are caught, it's just another law that cannot be policed. They keep talking about responsible dog owners, let's get it straight, a lot of people are not So let the authorities chest bang and make their threats, the street wise people amongst us know nothing will ever change. yyy's1
  • Score: 4

10:06pm Mon 3 Mar 14

jaffa90 says...

yyy's1 wrote:
The whole country is ankle deep in dog mess. I walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal almost daily and you can't go twenty yards without coming a cross the filth.
The authorities keep on about fines and prosecutions, but very few are caught, it's just another law that cannot be policed.
They keep talking about responsible dog owners, let's get it straight, a lot of people are not
So let the authorities chest bang and make their threats, the street wise people amongst us know nothing will ever change.
I agree, majority of dog owners don`t give a sh*t where their dogs sh*t. More so them who let there dog of the lead.
[quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: The whole country is ankle deep in dog mess. I walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal almost daily and you can't go twenty yards without coming a cross the filth. The authorities keep on about fines and prosecutions, but very few are caught, it's just another law that cannot be policed. They keep talking about responsible dog owners, let's get it straight, a lot of people are not So let the authorities chest bang and make their threats, the street wise people amongst us know nothing will ever change.[/p][/quote]I agree, majority of dog owners don`t give a sh*t where their dogs sh*t. More so them who let there dog of the lead. jaffa90
  • Score: 2

10:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

It's a spade! says...

Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree!

Who exactly do they think is going to take it away?
Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree! Who exactly do they think is going to take it away? It's a spade!
  • Score: 8

11:47pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Graham Hartley says...

The dog is not the only canid involved, there are intermediate hosts, the mechanism is not entirely known. The LT report lacks important detail.
The dog is not the only canid involved, there are intermediate hosts, the mechanism is not entirely known. The LT report lacks important detail. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

6:04am Tue 4 Mar 14

site supervisor says...

It's a spade! wrote:
Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree!

Who exactly do they think is going to take it away?
Never been able to understand that one ......personal myself I pick my dogs poo .every time it doesn`t take long and bags are cheap enough. Try walking in (Barlic)....Barnolds
wick the footpaths are covered in dog mess...Barlic must be the place to have a dog, there's more dogs than people..
empty the poo bins more. Always over flowing.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree! Who exactly do they think is going to take it away?[/p][/quote]Never been able to understand that one ......personal myself I pick my dogs poo .every time it doesn`t take long and bags are cheap enough. Try walking in (Barlic)....Barnolds wick the footpaths are covered in dog mess...Barlic must be the place to have a dog, there's more dogs than people.. empty the poo bins more. Always over flowing. site supervisor
  • Score: 0

8:34am Tue 4 Mar 14

whittsend says...

Even better are the clowns who think it's ok to take their dogs onto playing fields where children play sports. Whitewash and Bullough Park are absolutely caked in the stuff. Bring back dog licences, make employed a few hundred quid a year . Then more dog wardens could be employed to fine the idiots.
Even better are the clowns who think it's ok to take their dogs onto playing fields where children play sports. Whitewash and Bullough Park are absolutely caked in the stuff. Bring back dog licences, make employed a few hundred quid a year . Then more dog wardens could be employed to fine the idiots. whittsend
  • Score: 0

9:13am Tue 4 Mar 14

maxcollie says...

It's a spade! wrote:
Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree!

Who exactly do they think is going to take it away?
Those sort of people hang it on a tree to remind them to pick it up on their way back.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree! Who exactly do they think is going to take it away?[/p][/quote]Those sort of people hang it on a tree to remind them to pick it up on their way back. maxcollie
  • Score: 0

9:14am Tue 4 Mar 14

maxcollie says...

It's a spade! wrote:
Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree!

Who exactly do they think is going to take it away?
Those sort of people hang it on a tree to remind them to pick it up on their way back.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: Even better are the ones who pick it up in a little plastic bag, tie a knot in it and then hang it on a tree! Who exactly do they think is going to take it away?[/p][/quote]Those sort of people hang it on a tree to remind them to pick it up on their way back. maxcollie
  • Score: -3

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