County Durham is the worst place for dog mess in the UK, Channel 5’s new documentary Britain’s Dog Poo Scandal you have uncovered.
Dog fouling is a major issue in many different areas of the UK, with a whopping 1,000 tonnes of muck now produced by Britain’s dogs everyday. To highlight the escalating dog mess crisis, presenter Alexis Conran and his canine companion, Gelmer, took to the fields and footpaths around the country to find out more.
Speaking with vigilantes and campaigners, Alexis found that Birmingham and Antrim are some of the best places for cleaning up dog mess, meanwhile County Durham in the North East is at the bottom of the pile.
“It’s one of the country’s biggest pavement peeves. We’ve seen it happen and we’ve smelt the aftermath. And, at some point, we all put our foot in it,” Alexis says in the documentary. “With complaints of dog poo causing such a stink, what is going on in the UK and why can’t people pick up their dog poo? Is it getting worse?”
Not only is dog mess disgusting, but it can also be highly toxic. Over at Newbridge Rugby Club in South Wales, eight-year-old Jake was playing on the field when his face fell onto a pile of dog mess. Smearing on his face and eyelid, there were fears it may have gone into his eye. Thankfully Jake was fine, but it could have been serious due to the parasite toxocariasis and bacteria in the poo.
“Toxocariasis can cause inflammation in the lungs and in the liver, as well as a granuloma. This can cause blindness if it effects the eye,” Dr Zoe Williams said on the show.
Elsewhere, Alexis also investigated the harmful effects that dog poo has on the environment, plus the risks of illness for children and wildlife. He asked whether our dogs’ diets are to blame, with former vet Arielle Griffiths saying that feeding our vets a plant-based diet could help reduce the risks.
You can watch Britain’s Dog Poo Scandal on Channel 5 now. Catch up here.
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