Dog fouling continues to plague Dublin county!

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

Dog owners everywhere know they need to pick up dog poos, but the issue of dog fouling is still one that plagues Dublin county.

“We love dogs, but while the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets,” says Fingal County Council (FCC) “There are instances of dog fouling on streets and in green spaces on an ongoing basis around Fingal. Dog poo is harmful to people’s health and particularly dangerous for children.

To highlight the issue, South Dublin, Dublin City, and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Councils have joined forces with FCC (along with local authorities from Louth, Meath, Laois, Longford, Westmeath and Wicklow).

Together, the councils have developed a new campaign, a series of videos with the adorable “Scally” to remind dog owners to pick up after their dog wherever they are.

“Whether under the cover of darkness, in a field or on the beach remember “Your dog’s poop could end up anywhere! Always pick it up!” appeals a spokesperson for FCC.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahoney said “Fingal County Council continues to look for new and innovative ways to help combat the issue of dog fouling, and over the last number of years has engaged in radio and cinema adverts to increase awareness around the issue of dog fouling.

“Help Scally to carry on the message and bin the poo responsibly. It’s the least we can do for our best friends”

FCC have been previously involved in similar campaigns, most notably the ‘Leave Only Paw Prints’ in conjunction with the ‘UCD Acclimatize Project, and the other Dublin Councils, and the ‘Green Dog Walkers’ initiative, a regional programme involving most of the Local Authorities in the Leinster area. It is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling.

Community Groups and Tidy Towns are encouraged to use and share the online resources to highlight this campaign which are available on our website https://www.fingal.ie/council/service/green-dog-walker-initiative 

Failure to pick up after your dog is an offence under the Litter Management Acts 1997 -2009 and could result in an on-the-spot fine of €150. The maximum court fine is €3,000. 

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