Cllr Twomey Seeks A Dog Fouling Investigations Unit To Crack Down On Lazy Dog Owners.

By Seamus Whelehan

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Dog fouling on pavements and green areas maybe a thing of the past, with Cork County Council considering the creation of a dog poo investigations unit, to crack down on lazy dog owners.
The move comes as Councillor Danielle Twomey called for the establishment of a county wide task force to deal with the dog mess epidemic.
The Sinn Féin Cllr said people are browned off over the amount of dog litter found on our streets.
She said a Paw Patrol unit made up of officials from the Council’s Environment department, Municipal Districts and members of Council would help tackle the issue head on.
“While the issue lies with irresponsible pet owners, council needs to do something because the problem is just getting worse” commented the Midleton based Cllr.
Cllr Twomey said in Britain some local authorities created dog free walking areas in an effort to cut down on dog mess.
She said while dog faeces is unsightly it also poses a major health risk to the public, young children wheelchair and push chair users.
“Community groups in East Cork have been very proactive in fighting dog fouling on our streets and Cork County Council also need to show that they are dedicated to resolving the issue” commented Cllr Twomey.
Ted O’Leary senior Executive Officer at the authority’s Environment Directorate said he would broadly welcome the setting up of a task force as he admitted the Council are losing the battle against dog litter.
Fine Gael Cllr Noel McCarthy said the environment special purposes committee should “take the lead” in the establishment of the task force. He said in the interim lazy dog owners who do not pick up after their pet should be named and shamed.
Independent Cllr Danny Collins said in certain parts of the county there are dispenser units for dog bags but no bins for the used bags to be dumped in, resulting in packages of faeces being thrown over walls and into ditches.
Independent Cllr Alan Coleman said legislation should be changed to make it easier to fine lazy dog owners.
He said under current rules it is proving increasingly difficult to fine individuals who do not clean up after their pet.
“It should be an offence to take your dog out without having the necessary facilities to clean up after him. You have to see the dog performing the act and find the owner at the same time”, commented Cllr Coleman.
While Sinn Fein Cllr Paul Hayes said “Everyone knows the hotspots in the mornings and evenings where people are walking their dogs. When it starts hitting people in the pocket, it starts focusing people’s minds to bring a bag with them the next time.”

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