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Monday, September 20, 2021

‘Foul’ start to beginning of Rugby Club’s season

As Ballymoney Rugby Club prepares to open their doors again for mini and senior rugby, there should be excitement in the air, instead it’s the smell of dog ‘excrement’.

Ballymoney RFC Chairman Chris McIlmoyle has expressed his anger in a post on the club’s Facebook page about dog fouling on the pitch m, after the discover of several instances of ‘excrement’ on the pitch prior to the reopening of activities.

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The pitch has now been cleared of dog fouling and safe play can now begin.

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Sending a strong message to ‘irresponsible owners’, that dogs are ‘prohibited’ from the club’s pitches, Mr McIlmoyle wrote: “Not only is this disgusting but it extremely dangerous to the health and wellbeing of our players, especially our mini section.

Toxocariasis is an infection that can be caught from parasites in dog poo which can cause illness & potential blindness.

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On average over 400 people use our pitches per week and they deserve better than to run the risk of infection. Whilst we encourage people to get out and exercise. Our pitches, which we spend an awful lot of money maintaining, are not toilets for your dog.”

Concluding: “We are aware there are many responsible dog owners who clean up after their pets but due to the irresponsible owners, dogs are PROHIBITED from the pitches at Ballymoney RFC.”

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