Dear Dog owners
The Parish Council know that 99% of you are responsible dog owners who clear up after their dogs. However a small minority are making life very unpleasant and dangerous for the Football players who use the pitches, especially the children.

There are dog bins at either end of the Recreation ground – please use them and pick up your dog waste.

If this situation doesn’t improve we may need to consider banning dogs from the Recreation ground during football season which is a step we don’t want to take.

The main reason for this is as follows:

Toxocariasis causes serious illness and even blindness. It is caused by a parasite known as Toxocara Canis (also known as Roundworm). These parasites live in dogs’ digestive systems. Eggs are released in the faeces of infected animals and contaminated soil. If someone ingests infected material, the eggs may hatch into larvae and can lead to toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis usually affects children aged between one and four years. But cases of toxocariasis have been reported in people of all ages. Young children are most at risk because they are more likely to put things into their mouths and less likely to wash their hands properly.

Symptoms of toxocariasis can include seizures, breathing difficulties, a very red and painful eye, and clouded vision, usually only in one eye. Left untreated, toxocariasis can cause permanent loss of vision in the affected eye.