LIMERICK City Council has appealed to dog owners to take a lead in the fight against litter with a giveaway of a year’s supply of pooper-scooper bags.
Owners are being asked to tie the free bags to the lead when walking to show that they support the campaign and ensure that they always have a bag if needed. The offer is open to all dog owners whose licences are up-to-date and they are encouraged to collect their bags from the environment section at City Hall.
Mayor Jim Long has appealed to owners to think about children and the disabled before they allow their animals to foul the footpaths of Limerick.
“I am calling on all dog owners to show their consideration for others and clean up after their dog. Tying a bag to your lead is a handy way to ensure you don’t forget a bag when you leave the house. We all know the importance of clean paths for small children, people in wheelchairs and tourists as well as everyone living in the city,” he said.
And Paul Foley, Limerick City Council, said he would like to see every dog owner with a blue bag fixed to their lead to show their support for the campaign.
“This initiative is aimed at encouraging and rewarding responsible dog owners. The blue bags are naturally degradable and dog owners are encouraged to come to City Hall and claim their free bags from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Dog owners are also encouraged to join the Facebook page at www.facebook/stoplimerickdoglitter,” Mr Foley said.
The Limerick branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Limerick Animal Welfare have already lent their support to the campaign.
To coincide with the initiative, City Hall is also running a children’s poster competition on the subject of cutting out dog fouling in Limerick.
Winners in four age categories up to 14-year-olds will each receive a €50 voucher and a plaque for their school. Group entries will also receive a school prize.
Children must be under 14 and living in the Limerick city area to enter. They should fill in their name, age, school, home address and contact number for a parent or guardian. Individual entries must be on A4 paper with no size limit for group entries. Posters should be sent to the Environment Department, City Hall, Limerick before Friday, June 29.