THE suburban scourge of dog litter in Limerick is to be tackled by a new local authority initiative to rid the streets of the waste left behind by careless owners.
The Stop Limerick Dog Litter campaign, launched this week by Limerick City and County Council, aims to rid streets and green spaces of the region of dog dirt, and has the backing of the Maxi Zoo pet store on the Ballysimon Road, which donated 100 long-handled pooper-scoopers valued at €3,000 to the project.
Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin said the issue of dog litter was one that “needs to be tackled across Limerick”.
“The Council’s environment section is trying to get the message across that allowing dogs to foul in a public area and then not picking it up is simply unacceptable,” she said.
“I would like to thank Maxi Zoo for coming on board to support Tidy Towns groups and help to remove dog litter from our streets and green areas.”
These groups in particular are being urged to take part in the campaign, and Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr John Sheahan, who joined the Mayor in launching the project this week, noted that they carry out “regular community cleanups and I want to commend them for this”.
“These long-handled pooper scoopers will assist them to deal with dog litter that careless dog owners have chosen not to pick up,” he stated.
Sinead Mc Donnell, environment awareness officer, said dog litter was “not only a nuisance but can carry diseases which can be harmful to humans”.
“Dog litter should be disposed of in your nearest litter bin or dog fouling bin,” she explained. “Ideally, Tidy Towns Groups should not have to clean up because dog walkers would clean up after their own dogs but the fact is, although the situation is improving, dog litter is something that still has to be cleaned up as part of most community clean-ups.”
Maxi Zoo store manager Warren Greenaway said the store and supplier were “delighted to support the great work of Tidy Towns groups across Limerick and to remind pet parents that they have a responsibility to clean up after their pets”.
The scoopers are only available to Tidy Towns representatives. For more visit www.facebook/stoplimerickdoglitter.