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Pooch penalties: new laws in Limerick city to bring dog owners to heel

Peggy Keogh from Henry Street with her dog Rio on a walk around People's Park this week. New bylaws have been introduced in Limerick which obliges owners to keep their charges on leads which in public park, and to clean up after them if necessary. Picture: Mike Cowhey

Peggy Keogh from Henry Street with her dog Rio on a walk around People's Park this week. New bylaws have been introduced in Limerick which obliges owners to keep their charges on leads which in public park, and to clean up after them if necessary. Picture: Mike Cowhey

NEW laws which came into force in Limerick this week should help to tackle the problem of dog dirt on city footpaths.

And dog owners who break the new laws have been warned that they face fines of €150 if they run foul of the local authority.

The recently adopted new Dog Litter and Dog Control by-laws 2012 are now in force, with the aim of regulating the control of dogs and the collection of dog litter within the administrative area of Limerick city.

“Dog littering is a major problem for many of our footpaths in Limerick. It is one of the most offensive causes of litter and it is consistently raised as a public concern here in Limerick. In addition to being offensive, dog fouling can also be a threat to public health. It is intended that the new by-laws will address this problem on our streets,” explained Mayor Cllr Gerry McLoughlin.

The new by-laws require that:

- Any person having charge of a dog shall be responsible for removing and disposing of dog droppings after their dog.

- Any person in charge of a dog in a public place within the city carry a suitable receptacle, such as a plastic bag, to remove and properly dispose of dog droppings.

- Any person in charge of a dog in one of the patrolled public parks within the city shall keep the dog on a leash at all times. The designated patrolled parks are the People’s Park, Pery Square, O’Brien Park, Clare St. and Shelbourne Park, Shelbourne Road.

- A person who is in breach of the by-laws can be given a fine of €150 and 21 days to make payment after which the City Council can initiate court proceedings for non-payment.

The by-laws can be viewed at Limerick City.ie or are available from Limerick City Council, Environment Department, Merchants Quay, Limerick.

 

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