Dog walkers urged to join 'green team'

Alsion Comyn

Published 05/02/2014 | 05:28

DROGHEDA BOROUGH Council is calling on all conscientious dog walkers to play their part in encouraging others to do the same by signing up for the new Green Dog Walkers campaign.

The scheme will be officially launched in the Drogheda Town Shopping Centre by Mayor Richie Culhane this Thursday at 10.30am.

Dog walkers showing their support for the scheme will sign a pledge indicating their willingness to clean up after their pet and to carry spare doggie bags in case another dog walker requires one.

In exchange, they will receive a green armband to identify them as a Green Dog Walker, and also a doggie bag dispenser.

It is hoped that the Green Dog Walkers campaign will support further the numerous steps taken by Drogheda Borough Council in encouraging dog walkers to keep the streets of Drogheda free of unsightly, unhygienic and potentially dangerous dog dirt.

Mayor Richie Culhane said he is looking forward to launching the initiative

'Every dog owner is entitled to walk his or her dog. There is absolutely no problem with diligent dog owners who carry bags with them and dispose of their dog litter in the responsible way and Drogheda Borough Council has supported them in this with the installation of dozens of dedicated bins in the locality,' explains Cllr Culhane.

'However, leaving dog litter on the ground for adults and children to walk through is totally unhealthy and does not look good on the streets of a town that is always looking to increase its points in the Tidy Towns competition and to present the streets well to visitors and locals.'

Following next Thursday's Green Dog Walkers launch event, pledge forms and armbands will be available from Drogheda Borough Council Offices on Fair Street.

Drogheda Independent

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