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Out of hound Limerick council considering making it compulsory to carry poo bags to help stop dog fouling

Councilor Jerome Scanlan said a growth in dog ownership has exacerbated the problem

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'Over the last twelve months we’ve had major problems with dogs fouling the footpaths here locally.' Stock image

'Over the last twelve months we’ve had major problems with dogs fouling the footpaths here locally.' Stock image

'Over the last twelve months we’ve had major problems with dogs fouling the footpaths here locally.' Stock image

A Limerick councillor has called for special areas in parks where dogs can relieve themselves in a bid to prevent the problem of dog fouling.

Jerome Scanlan said the council was also looking at making it compulsory for dog walkers to carry poo bags.

A growth in dog ownership since the beginning of the pandemic appears to have exacerbated the problem, he added.

“Over the last twelve months we’ve had major problems with dogs fouling the footpaths here locally.

“We’ve done a lot over the last three months at local authority level to increase awareness,” he told Newstalk.

“We’re also looking at the possibility of a bye-law which would see dog owners have waste dispensers attached to the leash that they carry their dog on.

“We have a very active and efficient dog warden section in the council. They have achieved a lot over the last couple of months in that people have become aware.

“A lot of the difficulty stems back to the change in peoples’ lifestyle given the pandemic. It’s quite popular to get a dog now but often people don’t stop and think about the care aspects of keeping the dog.”

He said that while signage and awareness has proved effective, it can be difficult to identify the owners responsible.

“In Limerick last year there were five fines issued. The warden has to actually see the dog in the act, walk up to the person that is in charge of the dog and hand them a fine.”

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