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Opinion: Should dogs wear nappies to tackle fouling problem?

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DOG poo is nasty - that’s a given. It has a gut-churningly awful stench, it’s unsightly and it’s a health hazard. And with around 8.5 million dogs now in the UK, there’s a lot of it about. About 900 tonnes of it, apparently.

A recent report said that since the first lockdown in March 2020, dog dirt has increased “by 200per cent” in public spaces in the UK. There is, says the report, “more poo than people on the streets”.

When left on pavements and pathways, it’s a filthy mess that pedestrians have to try and dodge. It has become a rising concern, with some dog owners blamed for falling into bad habits in lockdown, when fewer people have been out and about to witness them not clearing up after four-legged companions.

This, coupled with the significant increase in dog ownership during the pandemic, has led to a perfect storm for dog fouling (ugh).

Even those who........

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