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Residents' fury over Downham Market dog mess

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Downham dog owners have been blasted for not picking up after their furry friends, after paths to Hillcrest and Nelson Primary schools are often seen to be 'covered with excrement'.

A bin for dog waste (33321749)
A bin for dog waste (33321749)

One disgusted key-worker, who walks her children to Hillcrest every day has said: "It's always been bad around here, but since the pandemic for some reason it's got even worse.

"One morning I saw a dog bag slung carelessly in a bush outside the school, with the mess all over the place.

"It's right next to a children's play area- why not just put it in a bin?

"There are plenty of bins provided."

One resident, who lives on Nelson Avenue, can see 'careless' dog owners out of their window: "Every day I watch them let their dogs do their business along the path, I've given up shouting out of the window now.

"The way to the school is covered in excrement, it's not healthy at all."

One dog owner spoke about the issue: "It gives us a bad name.

"It's one thing to let your pet go in a forest, but it's not right to allow it in the streets.

"We don't all do it, it's not hard to pick up and only takes a few seconds, it's just pure laziness."

Downham isn't the only place suffering from an onslaught of dog mess on the streets.

Nationally, since the first lockdown, there have been increasing instances of dog owners not picking up after their pets.

This could be caused by owners going out more often to walk their dogs or more people purchasing a new pet during the pandemic.

Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea and even blindness.

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