LIMERICK City and County Council has stepped up its campaign to combat dog fouling.
Environmental control officers and council officials will be out in force over the coming weeks speaking to dog walkers and advising them to carry bags and clean up after their dogs.
They will also distribute dog bags and deliver the message that failing to clean-up after your pooch is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act.
Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan has called on all dog owners to be responsible.
“Many dog owners already clean up after their dogs but not all do and we need to get the message out there that everyone needs to have respect for their neighbourhood. If you own a dog you need to care for them but you also need to do that extra bit and pick up after them if they foul.”
The council leader said that not only is dog waste a nuisance, it can be harmful to humans.
“This is a gentle reminder and I am confident that a lot of members of the public will respond to our appeal. If you have a dog, please do the right thing. The council receives a large number of complaints about dog littering and I wish to lend my support to the Environment department for their work on this initiative to combat dog littering,” he added.
Mairead O’Donovan, Administrative Officer with the council’s environment department said: “We are appealing to you to bag it and bin it,” she said. “Pooper scoop bags are available in supermarkets, pet shops and in some of the euro/deal shops. Dog litter bags can be bought as cheaply as €1.00 for 100. People may also use nappy sacks, reused plastic bags or something similar, basically any bag will do as long as you pick it up.”
The launch of the campaign took place in Askeaton and was attended by Mayor Sheahan, Mary Noonan, Deel Manor, Askeaton, Pat O’Donoghue and his dog Buttons and Ms O’Donovan.
Already dog owners who walk their pets along the river bank in the city centre are greeted with an audio message calling on owners to do their bit to keep Limerick clean.
The mobile programmable audio systems, developed by NUI Maynooth based company Riteview Solutions, are triggered by people walking past and will transmit the message: “Do your bit to keep Limerick clean. Stop Limerick dog litter. Use any bag, any bin - please pick up after your dog.”
Only last month, members of the council’s metropolitan district called for the extension of dog waste bins city-wide.
They were installed on a trial basis on the North Circular Road some years ago, but were not extended.