Sitges has a big problem with dog excrement, as you might quickly notice if you are walking in any area of the town, and the local council has now launched a new campaign for the public to pick up and dispose of the excrement of their pets.
Abandoning excrement can result in a fine of up to 750 euros, according to municipal regulations, but the aim of the new campaign is to appeal first and foremost to civil behaviour.
The campaign emphasises that excrement is a major source of infection. One fact that corroborates this is that a quarter of the bacteria, viruses and fungi that contaminate streets and aquifers come from abandoned dog faeces. These germs can be introduced into the human body through respiration or direct contact, and can cause infections by parasites and diseases of the digestive tract, vision, heart, liver or skin.
Children or people with functional diversity are the groups most exposed to these infections, so the campaign will also involve various actions in schools. Pets themselves can also contract diseases after being in contact with other dogs’ faeces.
Dog owners will receive a package with a small bottle to dilute urine, bags for collecting excrement, as well as an information leaflet.
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