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Limerick County Council urges dog owners to clean up after their pets

Have you scooped up that poop?

Not every dog knows how to behave as well as these four who were treated to a trip to Brown Thomas.
Not every dog knows how to behave as well as these four who were treated to a trip to Brown Thomas.
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DOG WASTE BINS and dispensers have been installed along popular dog walking routes across Limerick.

The council has put the bins in place as part of an initiative aimed at tackling the problem of dog fouling in the county.

One unit has been erected at Dooradoyle Road opposite Limerick County Hall and another is proposed for the village of Adare. Free ‘pooper scoopers’ are also being made available to the public (while stocks last).

“The council is trying to get the message across that allowing your dog to foul in a public area and then not picking it up is simply unacceptable,” explained councillor Leo Walsh, who is the chairperson of the environment strategic policy committee.

He added that the steps taken this week should help dog owners to meet their civic duty and not cause a mess when exercising their pets.

Not only is dog waste a nuisance, but it can also carry diseases which are harmful to humans, according to assistant staff officer in the council’s environment section, Helen Keays.

Dog walkers have been encouraged to dispose of the “scooped poop” into their nearest litter bin or dog fouling bin.

“Failing to clean up after your dog is the same as littering and is an offence under the Litter Pollutions Act,” continued Keays. On the spot fines of €150 can be administered by authorities but penalties could increase to the maximum of €3,000.

The council said if a walker or owner does not have or does not plan to get ‘pooper scooper’ bags, old plastic or paper bags can be used.

Pooper Scooper dispenser in Wexford 2005.

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