Dublin City Council Launch Dog Fouling Campaign
Published on 7th April 2021
- 27% increase in the number of complaints received in the last year
- 7 in 10 people have walked in dog poo on the street
- 51% of people have come across dog poo in their local park
Dublin City Council launch Phase 2 of its Dog Fouling campaign ‘Dog Poo, It’s Everybody’s Business’. Over the last 12 months, there has been approximately a 27% increase in the number of complaints received by the City Council regarding the issue of dog fouling in public parks and open spaces across the city.
A number of residents have also contacted their local representatives to complain about the ongoing issue of dog fouling in their area. The 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.
Speaking about the campaign, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu said “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.”
Recent research carried out by *Behaviour & Attitudes for Dogs Trust revealed that 96% of dog owners claimed they do pick up after their dog. Yet 57% of people surveyed indicated that there is a big problem with dog fouling in their area. 7 in 10 people claimed to have walked in dog poo on the street, 51% came across dog poo in their local park, 31% rolled a buggy through dog poo, 33% rolled a bicycle through it and 11% rolled their wheelchair through it.
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, Ms. Bernie Lillis said “Dog owners/walkers must be responsible, the message we want to get across is that they must clean-up after their dog. I am urging dog owners/walkers to be responsible and to dispose of dog waste appropriately and do not leave the doggie bag on railings or in bushes or on the streets or footpaths, instead you should ‘Bag it and Bin it’. 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.”
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 the 4th April 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.
Remember if you are a dog owner, it is your responsibility to clean up after your dog and if you don’t, you can be fined €150 under the Litter Pollution Act.
Notes to the Editor:
* Behaviour & Attitudes Survey 2019 found the following:
- 96% of dog owners claim to or say that they pick up their dog’s poo.
- 69% of those surveyed claim they often witness dog walkers not cleaning up after their dog.
- 57% of those surveyed also indicated that there is a big problem with dog fouling in their area.
- 93% of people are aware of the health implications associated with dog poo not being picked up and disposed of correctly.
- 87% are aware that there are rules or laws related to dog fouling.
- 77% claimed to have walked in dog poo on the street, 64% in a park, 51% walked dog poo in to the house unbeknownst to themselves, 48% came across dog poo in the local children’s park, 31% rolled a buggy through dog poo, 33% rolled a bicycle through it, 11% rolled their wheelchair through it
- Behaviour and Attitudes surveyed 1,003 people