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Saturday 23 August 2014

Councils spend €10,000 on new dog fouling scheme

Danielle Stephens

Published 26/06/2014 | 02:30

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Dog fouling is a problem
Dog fouling is a problem

DUBLIN'S four local authorities spent €10,000 on a new campaign aimed at combating the problem of dog fouling in the capital.

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A new hotline that was set up for Dubliners who want to report incidences of dog fouling, recorded 102 complaints since it was launched last November.

However, just six people were given an on-the-spot fine of €150 in 2013 for not picking up after their dogs – two in both Dun Laoghaire and Dublin city and one each in Fingal and South Dublin.

Since the start of the year, 20,758 dog licences have been issued by the four County Councils and Kate Hynes, Environmental Awareness Officer for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, said that it's only a small amount of people who are a problem.

The '#YourDogYourPoop' initiative was launched yesterday in Dun Laoghaire.

It will see 'Bin the Poo' signs around the capital and audio speakers at two public locations in each authority, broadcasting messages encouraging dog owners to pick up after their dogs.

Irish Independent

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