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Man with a dog crossing the street

Man with a dog crossing the street

Man with a dog crossing the street

With 30,000 dogs living in Dublin, the four local authorities have joined forces to urge them to leave only their paw prints behind after their walks.

A blitz to rid Dublin's streets of dog fouling has got underway with 3,000 posters going up across the county.

"Dog fouling is a problem all over the city," said a spokesman from Dublin City Council (DCC).

'Bin the poo' signs have been designed with the aim of keeping Dublin's parks, streets and green spaces free from canine excrement.

DCC will erect 1,000 of the new posters by the end of
the year, as will Fingal County Council.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and South Dublin Council will put up 500 posters each before 2015.

After carrying out research it was decided not to increase the fine for the owners of street-fouling fogs.

"The ongoing campaign responds to findings of a Millward Brown poll commissioned by Dublin City Council last year," said a DCC spokesman.

"It found that while 65pc of respondents felt dog litter is a problem, 30pc felt more education and awareness would improve the situation."

And only 10pc of those surveyed felt that more fines and wardens would help keep the pavements dog-foul free.

hotspots

In identifying the hotspots where the worst offenders were walking, the councils used a hotline to where fouling could be reported.

Callers to the hotline then informed them where exactly the 3,000 posters should go.

The public hotline for offenders was set up last November.

With an estimated 30,000 
canine inhabitants in the county of Dublin, a record 20,758 dog licences have been issued by the four local authorities
 in 2014 alone.

Fingal issued 5,967 licences so far this year, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown issued 5,949.

South Dublin registered 4,871 new dogs and the lowest number of canine pets were listed in the city, with DCC only issuing 3,971.

The new signs highlight the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their dogs and remind them to 'leave only paw prints'.

As well as the signs, audio messages reminding dog owners to clean up after them will also be broadcast from speakers in public spaces by each of the local authorities.

"Dogs are the responsibility of their owners and not cleaning up after your dog is absolutely unacceptable," said Lord Mayor Christy Burke.

jfegan@herald.ie


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