The Parish Council shares concerns of residents with regard to the apparent amount of dog fouling happening in the village at the moment.

How we are working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Gilberdyke Parish Council has approached East Riding of Yorkshire Council to enter into a dog control partnership with them in response to increased concern of residents relating to dog fouling.  The aim of the partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to build close links between their dog wardens and ourselves, to provide a better service in responding to fouling and to deter it from happening in the first place.

The training will provide parish councillors with the knowledge and appreciation of how to provide the evidence needed to prove an offence under the dog control orders. As residents of Gilberdyke, Councillors will now be keeping an eye out for fouling problems and talking to dog walkers in our parish.

The great majority of dog walkers do pick up after their dog and get really annoyed with the few who don’t as they don’t want to be “tarred with the same brush.” There is no excuse for not picking up and If you have any information on those responsible for allowing dogs to foul without picking up you can contact us on 01430 410 383 or gilberdykeparishclerk@yahoo.com

Besides the obvious unpleasantness of dog mess in the street, it can also cause blindness in children – Toxocara canis is a parasite that lives inside dogs’ bodies and is a round, white worm (looks like spaghetti) and it infects, most frequently, pregnant nursing bitches and young puppies.  Once ingested they can travel around the body, usually causing little problem.  Very rarely though, they can settle in the soft tissue of the retina of the eye, where damage or even blindness can be caused, approximately 50 cases a year are recorded.

Preventative measures include:

  • Worm your dog properly both as a puppy and as an adult.
  • Clean up after your dog has fouled.
  • Prevent dogs from licking your hands and face.
  • Ensure hands are washed after playing on grassed areas where dogs are allowed and where dogs or puppies have been handled.

If you have any information on owners not cleaning up after their dogs please contact the dog warden.  Tel: (01482) 393939

 To request removal of dog faeces on the street please call (01482) 393939

Using litter bins for dog waste

Some residents have asked us if they can put dog faeces in litter bins.

We can confirm that all East Riding of Yorkshire Council litter bins may be used for disposing of bagged up dog waste collected whilst walking your dog.  If anyone leaves bags of dog waste on trees, bushes, the base of a lamp post etc. they are committing a littering offence that may also be punished by way of a £75 fixed penalty being issued.

If you would like to report an offender, please ring the Streetscene team to report a littering offence or to report a full litter bin Tel: (01482) 393939

Reports can also be made through the council’s website at www.eastriding.gov.uk.

For public and animal health reasons and for the benefit of other people enjoying the outdoors, dog walkers should always clean up after their dogs.  Anyone can also contact the East Riding of Yorkshire Council dog wardens to pass on information about irresponsible dog owners.