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There has been a 27 per cent increase in the number of complaints received in the last year.

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Loadspeakers are to be installed at dog poo blackspots in Dublin to issue warnings to pet owners after a dramatic rise in complaints last year.

Complaints about dog littering are up by nearly 27 per cent in the Dublin City area in the last year.

According to research carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes for Dogs Trust, 96 per cent of dog owners claimed they do pick up after their dog.

But while almost every single dog owner claims they pick up after their dog, yet, somehow, the problem persists to the extent that seven out of every 10 people have walked in poo in the street.

The mysterious discrepancy was revealed in research carried out as Dublin City Council launched a new Dog Fouling Campaign.

There has been a 27 per cent increase in the number of complaints received in the last year with a majority of people surveyed describing how they fell foul of the problem on the street.

And slightly more than half of those in the survey (51 per cent) have come across dog poo in their local park.

The council revealed during the launch of phase two of its ‘Dog Poo, It’s Everybody’s Business’ campaign that residents have also been contacting their local representatives to complain about the ongoing issue of dog fouling in their area.

A suite of outdoor and digital adverts, a video and a radio ad have been created for this campaign, which will be rolled out in Dublin city from this week for a two week period.

Audio devices will also be installed in a number of locations in the city to encourage dog owners to clean up after their dogs.

And if you are a dog owner, be aware that you can be fined €150 under the Litter Pollution Act if you don’t clean up after your dog.

City councillors have now set up a working group to actively look at the issue of dog fouling across the city and to look at solutions to irradiate this “unhealthy and anti-social behaviour”.

“The aim of this new campaign is to highlight the ongoing issue of dog fouling in our public parks and open spaces and to encourage dog owners and dog walkers to act responsibly and to pick up after their dog, as dog poo affects the whole community,” the council stated.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Hazel Chu, added: “The issue of dog fouling has now become a major issue in our public parks and open spaces in the city.

"There are some people in our community who are more at risk of coming into contact with dog waste and putting their health in danger, such as wheelchair users, visually impaired people, babies and toddlers.

“Whether you own a dog or not, dog poo in our public spaces affects the whole community.

"I am appealing to all dog owners in the city to act responsibly and pick up after their dog as dog waste affects everyone.”

It’s estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million faecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.

Dog poo can also contain nasty bacteria such as E-coli and parasites like round worm, the larvae of which can cause loss of vision.

The City Council is urging dog owners to always pick up after their dog using a Poo Bag or a scooping device before disposing of it in the nearest litter bin or taking it home and placing it in their general household wheelie bin.

Dublin City Council’s Litter Prevention Officer, Bernie Lillis urged dog owners and walkers to dispose of dog waste appropriately not to leave the doggie bag on railings or in bushes or on the streets or footpaths.

“Instead you should ‘Bag it and Bin it’,” she said. “Dog fouling is everybody’s business, it’s not a dog problem, it’s a human problem and we must all be mindful of other people who use our public spaces and to make sure they are clean and safe for them to use and so that we can all stay healthy.”

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