The City Council’s Anti-dog fouling awareness campaign

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The Lord Mayor of Dublin , Naoise Ó'Muiri will  launch  the City Council’s Anti-dog fouling awareness campaign on the 10th July  2012 at Clontarf Promenade
Dog fouling is an issue that has been on  top of people’s mind  as the worst form of litter and has been one of the top issues of complaint from members of the public in recent times.   Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets in public areas, but unfortunately some ignore their responsibilities.  As dog fouling has negative health implications it is imperative that we strive to reduce the quantity of it on our streets and parks.

Toxocariasis is a disease found in animal faeces and is caused by the eggs of the roundworm toxocara.  These can be passed from dogs to humans through contact with animal faeces and contaminated soil.  Children are particularly at risk and infection can lead to illness and even partial loss of sight.  It is an entirely preventable health risk and the main reason that dog owners should clean up after their pets.  Freshly deposited faeces are not infectious because toxocara eggs do not become infectious for at least 2 – 3 weeks after the faeces have been deposited.  Therefore there is no risk of catching toxocariasis whilst clearing up immediately after your dog.

Dublin  City Council’s Litter Wardens enforce the Litter Pollution Act, 1997-2009.  Section 22 (1) of the Act states that ‘Where faeces has been deposited by a dog in any place to which this subsection applies, the person in charge of the dog shall immediately remove the faeces and shall ensure that it is properly disposed of in a suitable sanitary manner.’  The maximum fine amounts to €150.  In respect of the fine not being paid, court proceedings can be initiated where on summary conviction, a maximum fine of €4,000 can be imposed.

Dublin City Council  has started an initiative to combat the dog fouling problem.
An awareness campaign will be launched  at  5 locations  in the city

  1. Clontarf Promenade,
  2. Thorncastle St,  Ringsend,
  3. Mountjoy Square Park,
  4. Grattan Crescent (Open Green Space – Inchicore
  5. Finglas- Mellows Road.

 

  • Litter Wardens  will distribute poop-scoops to dog walkers week before the launch of campaign
  • Anti dog fouling signs will be erected  in the vicinity of the launch location
  • Anti dog fouling signs will be distributed to  Residents/Community/Environmental groups for erection at locations to be agreed by them.
  • Posters giving information on where to dispose of dog faeces will be placed on public litter bins
  • Machine to be piloted on cleaning dog faeces
  • Day of Launch – Lord Mayor will be present for photo-shoot, poop-scoops will be distributed to dog walkers and information on responsibility on cleaning up after dog will be given.
  • Litter Wardens will patrol area to enforce Litter Pollution Acts following campaign.

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Clontarf

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Mountjoy Square

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Thorncastle Street

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