Responsible dog owners #binit4beaches

Thu, 2018-10-25 10:27

Morecambe Bay Partnership and LOVEmyBEACH are supporting the latest #binit4beaches campaign. We’re asking all dog owners who love to take their pooch for a walk on one of the Bay's beautiful beachces (or anywhere else!), to pledge to always pick up their poo!

It’s not the most glamorous job in the world but it has to be done. Just one gram of dog poo is enough to affect the quality of more than one million litres of seawater. Dog faeces contain lots of harmful bacteria that can cause problems for both humans and wildlife.  It can mean to health problems, such as eye/ear infections and upset tummies for bathers and paddlers that come into contact with contaminated water.

But why not just let the tide wash it away? Unfortunately dog poo doesn’t just disappear when it comes into contact with the sea, it dissolves and the bacteria will keep on hanging around in the shallow waters – exactly where people like to paddle. Protect other beach users by being a responsible owner and clearing up your dog’s mess.

So, make sure you know your poos and don’ts! Always pick up your dog’s poo at the beach (and everywhere else!) and make sure the bag goes in the bin. Leaving poo bags hanging from trees and bushes or just on the floor adds plastic pollution into the mix – something we definitely need to avoid.

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