Cobh Children Take the Lead to Combat Dog Fouling

By Seamus Whelehan

Cobh Tidy Towns Committee and Members Of Cobh Municipal District with Cllr Sinead Sheppard who officiated on behalf of the Mayor of Cork County Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan

Your dog is not the problem-you are! “Stop Poo-lution and Scoop the Poop” is the message from a new Schools Art Exhibition which opened in Cobh on Friday 12 July.
The poster display part of a Cobh Municipality initiative to tackle the issue of dog foul runs from now until 8th August at Cobh Library.
In April the Borough decided to take the Lead in combating dog fouling in a “positive, colourful and educational way.”
The initiative was launched following a Motion tabled by Fine Gael Cllr Sinead Sheppard in response to many complaints from constituents regarding dog mess.
The anti-dog litter campaign saw almost 400 Primary School pupils from the Island’s five national schools participate, to help stop persistent dog fouling on the Island.
Dog fouling is unhygienic, anti-social and can be a serious threat to health. Despite ongoing complaints, just 2 fines for fouling were given out by Litter and Dog Wardens in the 2 year period 2017-2018, with one of those the subject of Court proceedings.
The campaign to raise awareness of the dog fouling problem is funded through the Council’s Town Development Fund in co-operation with Cobh Tidy Towns.
The 5 winning Art Works have been turned into signage, and will be erected on all approaches to schools in an effort to change behaviour and attitude, and help stop persistent dog fouling.
Cllr Sheppard said, while the programme shows that the Municipal District is pro-active the Scoop Your Poop poster campaign could get the message to clean up after your pet to a younger audience.
”If we encourage our children they, in turn, can get the conversation going at home. If they are out walking their dogs the parents might think secondly” she said.
Ursula Duffy, Cobh Tidy Towns said “the initiative is a real positive for Cobh Tidy Towns in our efforts to achieve a fifth Gold Medal in the All Ireland Tidy Towns Competition.”

all smiles for the camera at the launch of the Cobh Anti-dog litter poster exhibition last Friday
One of the many signs to be erected on all approaches to schools in the coming week on Great Island
Emily Ring with her poster at Cobh library on Friday last - the exhibition runs until 8 August
Checking out the winning art work by Lilly Burke from St Mary's National School
The junior Mayor of Cobh and his Deputy at last weeks poster exhibition
Ella O'Brien showing off her art work at the Anti dog litter poster exhibition in Cobh last Friday