A campaign to tackle dog fouling on streets was launched this week in Mountmellick.
The campaign brings together Laois County Council, Tidy Town Groups, the Gardaí and communities to raise awareness, promote responsible dog ownership and highlight the dangers associated with dog fouling.
“Dog fouling is unpleasant for everyone and can also carry diseases, for example, toxocariasis in humans can cause serious illness and even blindness,” said Colette O’Rourke, of the Environment section in County hall.
The campaign, which runs March 26 to March 30 will be launched in The Square, Mountmellick at 11am on Monday, March 26.
Anti-dog fouling material will be promoted and distributed with the assistance of councillors, Tidy Town members, the Dog Warden and the local street cleansing team. The message from the council is clear – its your pet, your responsibility – Clean Up or Pay Up.
During the course of the week, the campaign will be rolled out to the streets of Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountrath, Rathdowney, Abbeyleix and Durrow. To complement the campaign, additional signage will be erected as well as anti-dog fouling stickers to ensure that dog walkers are constantly reminded of their legal obligations whilst out walking.
In an attempt to crack down on dog owners who don’t clean up after their pooches, the Environment staff will be involved in both early morning and evening patrols and intend to speak to dog walkers and distribute free bag dispensers and hi-viz jackets, following the awareness week. The council also anticipate that the guards will also take an active role in enforcing the law as it is a breach of the Litter Pollution legislation.
Ms O’Rourke adds: “The entire community needs to be vigilant and we all have a role to play in the effort to remove dog fouling from our streets.”
If you have a problem with dog fouling in your area or you would like to report an incident, call the freephone confidential litter hotline at 1800 323 230.