Limerick County Council bids to rid streets of dog waste

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK County Council has urged dog walkers to avail of free ‘pooper scoopers’ in a bid to rid the streets of dog waste.

LIMERICK County Council has urged dog walkers to avail of free ‘pooper scoopers’ in a bid to rid the streets of dog waste.

The environment department has installed dog waste bins and dispensers along routes popular with dog walkers, including on the Dooradoyle Road, opposite County Hall.

One is also planned for Adare village.

This is aimed at tackling the problem of dog fouling across Limerick.

Chairman of the environmental strategic policy committee in the county Leo Walsh said not cleaning up after your dog has made a mess is “simply unacceptable”.

“These units and the widespread availability of pooper scoopers in Council offices should help dog owners to meet their civic duty not to cause a mess when exercising their pets,” he added.

Assistant staff officer of Limerick County Council’s environmental section Helen Keays added: “Dog waste is not only a nuisance but can carry diseases which can be harmful to humans. The “scooped poop” should be disposed of in your nearest litter bin or dog fouling bin.”

The council said that an equally effective solution is to simply use a plastic bag to clean the mess.

She also warned that a failure to clean up after your dog is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act.

“If you don’t clean up after your dog you could face an on the spot fine of €150 or up to a maximum fine of €3,000 in court for each offence,” she explained.

To avail of free scoopers, and a ‘no dog fouling’ leaflet, contact 061-496264. Or email litter@limerickcoco.ie