Sangan Island Conservation Ltd was set up in 2012 to provide ecological services in Jersey.
They have urged Dog owners and walkers to pick up after their dogs after picking up 57 dog droppings in one small area that they manage.
If you have a dog pick up after them it is hazardous to members of the public and to wildlife. There is NO excuse.
We are just coming to the point of the year where we will be going around the footpaths and cutting the vegetation back to keep the paths open for everyone to use. We did a short walk around one of the sites this morning and disgusted to find 57 piles of Dog 💩 💩💩💩💩 which we have mapped to show the distribution. These were all within the areas that will be cut meaning that a lot of poo will be flung all over the paths and bushes (Think of that next time you pick some blackberries).
Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. In America during 1991, it was labelled as a non-point source pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), placing it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals; and acid drainage from abandoned mines.
It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.
Pet feces can be catastrophic to the local water table, contaminating nearby ponds, lakes, rivers and drinking water.
When feces is allowed to remain on the soil for long periods, rainstorms will begin to dilute and break apart the feces and slowly spread the bacteria on other contaminants into local water sources.
Dog feces are one of the most common carriers of the following diseases: