Whatton & Aslockton Playing Trust do not allow dogs to be exercised on the playing field. Signs are displayed at both entries to the field. These signs were erected in the late 1980’s when both Aslockton Parish Council and Whatton Parish Council decided on that course of action.
The subject has been discussed several times by the Management Committee, who are now responsible for the day to day management of the field. The Management Committee has decided on each occasion that dogs will not be allowed on the field for the following reasons;
Dogs on children’s playgrounds represent a major health and injury hazard:
- Toxocariasis – a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites, most commonly found in cats, dogs and foxes faeces.
- Children and young adults are usually affected due to contact with contaminated soil or sand within play areas by swallowing the infected egg.
- There is evidence that dogs can also carry E.coli and hepatitis in their faeces.
- There are over 7,000 admissions to hospital for dog bites and attacks annually in the U.K. and under 10’s were most likely to be admitted. (NHS Digital).
The Management Committee feel that by allowing dogs onto the field, it is possible that the health of all users, young and old, may be affected. It is also felt that there are ample areas to exercise dogs in the fields and country lanes that surround the two villages.
More information about Toxocariasis is available on the below link