Dog owners brought
to heel over fouling

PORTLAOISE Town Council will be supporting the environment section of Laois County Council in their upcoming dog fouling awareness campaign.

PORTLAOISE Town Council will be supporting the environment section of Laois County Council in their upcoming dog fouling awareness campaign.

Councillor Kathleen O’ Brien put a motion to the council to support the campaign at this month’s Portlaoise Town Council meeting. “I am calling on all members and I have jackets for everyone”, she said as she handed special high vis vests to all present at the meeting. “It is a great awareness campaign and dog owners need to face up to their responsibility. There is a €150 on the spot fine for fouling or a €3,000 maximum fine in court. It is up to owners to clean up after their dog”. She asked everyone to take part in the awareness week and told the meeting that new signage has gone up in the public parks.

She was supported by Councillor Rotimi Adebari who said that “cleanliness is next to godliness. You’d be shocked with the mess of dog fouling on the Dublin Road”. Councillor Alan Hand also lent his support stating that the environment section have spent a considerable amount of money on the issue. “The litter wardens are very proactive and they’ve put this to the forefront. It’s all about perception, if we have a clean town people will visit”.

The environment department of Laois County Council said that they would be in contact with all Tidy Town groups to encourage their assistance, especially with the distribution of anti dog fouling merchandise. The awareness campaign takes place from Monday March 26 to Friday March 30.