Dog owners are considering getting smaller dogs in Portlaoise because of the length of time they have to carry waste until they get to a litter bin.
So Cllr Noel Tuohy reported at the May meeting of the Portlaoise municipal district meeting, calling for dog litter bins to be installed on the Borris road, the Dublin road and Colliers lane.
“People are telling me they are going to get smaller dogs. They are picking up their dogs’ waste and bagging it, but then they have to carry it a long distance,” he said.
He asked that the council supply dog litter bins for the areas, popular with walkers and runners.
The council have agreed to consider providing the bins.
However the bins brought their own problems, as reported by Abbyleix cllr John Joe Fennelly.
He said dog litter bins had to be removed in Abbeyleix, because they were misused.
“The problem is somebody has to empty them, but some people didn’t bag their dog waste before putting it in the bin. That was a health and safety concern. On top of that, people were using the bins for their domestic rubbish. On advice, they had to get rid of them,” he said.
Cllr Jerry Lodge, who chaired the meeting last Wednesday May 13, wants more people fined.
“Unless people are fined, it will continue. Some people do pick it up, and then throw it over a fence,” he said, supporting Cllr Tuohy’s motion.
Laois County Council Director of Services Kieran Kehoe’s reply was that the provision of dog litter bins will be considered under the new Litter Management Plan.
It will be brought to the next SPC meeting this June.
Laois County Council state that not cleaning up after a dog is subject to an ‘On The Spot Litter Fine’ of €150.
The council website states that free pooper scooper biodegradable bags are available from the Environment Section on 057 8674332.
Dog waste can carry diseases such as toxocariasis in humans which can cause serious illness and even blindness.