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Bexley Council encourages residents to clean up after pets

PUBLISHED: 09:23 28 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:23 28 November 2014

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They are encouraging dog owners to take responsibility.

Dog mess left on the ground has become a serious concern for people in Bexley.

It can have worrying health implications, leading to the spread of toxocariasis which can cause serious illness and even blindness, if it is not cleared up properly.

Free waste bags are available from Bexley libraries and the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath and there are 200 dedicated dog waste bins.

Cllr Don Massey, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Realm, said: “It seems that winter can lead to an increase in this kind of behaviour, maybe because people are in more of a hurry to get home out of the cold, or because it is dark and they think that it is less likely that they will be seen.

“We want to get the message out there that this is not acceptable. Clear it up and bin it!”

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