Kildare dog owners urged to clean up their act when dogs foul

Date Published : January 25th, 2018    Published By : admin

Kildare County Council launched a new innovative campaign to ask dog owners to act responsibly when it comes to dog fouling. 

Dog fouling has become more of an issue in the last few years, for the public in general, as well as residents’ associations, Tidy Towns and other community groups.  To assist in this, the council has identified a number of areas in each of the Municipal Districts where many people walk their dogs.

These areas will have a temporary audio warning device installed to remind dog owners of their responsibilities, and some additional signage with the “Any Bag any Bin” message will also be installed.  The first area to be chosen is the path linking Kill and Johnstown, a route frequented by many dog owners.

Kildare County COuncil Community Warden John McNamara and Environment Awareness Officer Dara Wyer.
Photo: (Kildare County Council)

Kildare County Council’s Environment Awareness Officer Dara Wyer said “Most dog owners are aware that dog fouling is against the law and that they are responsible for cleaning up after their dog when in public areas.  However, some still think it is not an issue, so we are asking all dog owners to remember ‘Any Bag any Bin’- in other words, if you bring the dog for a walk, bring a small bag with you to clean up after it, and put the bag either in a litter bin or bring it home.  Not only is dog fouling an offence under the Litter Pollution Act, it is also a public health issue as dog waste carries pathogens that are harmful, particularly for children who come into contact with it.”

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