Council clamps down on fouling dog owners
Sligo County Council is now issuing on-the-spot fines for dog owners who neglect to clean up the mess left by their dogs in public places.
Dog waste is very unpleasant, a
nuisance and can be a public health issue. Section 22 of the Litter Pollution
Act 1997 makes it an offence for the person in charge of a dog not to clean up
when their dog fouls in a public place.
In this initiative the council says, "This obligation particularly applies to public roads, footpaths, parks and beaches. Please act responsibly - clean up after your dog and dispose of the dirt in a suitable sanitary manner; use a paper bag.
Dog dirt is a health hazard and someday your child might be affected by someone else’s failure to ‘do the right thing’. Train your dog to “go at home” in the garden. Failure to clean up your dog’s waste can lead to a €150 “on-the-spot” fine or on summary conviction to a fine of up to €3,000.
Toxocara canis (intestinal roundworm of dogs)
Toxocara Canis is the roundworm that can be found in the faeces of infected
puppies or adult dogs.
There are health impacts associated with dog fouling which are communicable to humans from animals. Children are the group most susceptible as their immune systems are underdeveloped and risks of contamination are higher when children play outdoors in neighbourhoods where dog owners do not responsibly look after dog waste.
Dog droppings contain harmful bacteria and nutrients.
It's very important that dog's do not defecate in public places indiscriminately and that they are checked for this parasite on a regular basis.
How to Poop Scoop
Simply place a bag over the dog faeces and lift it whilst pulling the bag downwards with your other hand. Tie a knot in the bag and dispose of it in a litter bin or take it home for disposal.