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'Take the Lead' Campaign to Reduce Dog Fouling Launched

May 21, 2014

'Scoop That Poop or Face a €150 Fine', says City Council

A campaign to encourage responsible dog ownership has been launched by Galway City Council. 'Take the Lead' calls on dog owners across the city to be more responsible, and considerate towards others, when it comes to dog fouling.

Dog waste is disgusting and it ruins the environment for everyone.

Anyone who has ever stepped in it, sat on it, pushed a buggy through it or watched their children play with it can testify to that. For people with limited mobility, the impact can be even greater. Wheelchair users and people with visual impairment can end up bringing remnants of the waste home with them as it gets easily stuck to wheels and canes. This poses a health risk and is something that can have serious consequences for the people affected by it.

Environmental Education Officer with Galway City Council, Sharon Carroll says dog fouling is simply hazardous and dangerous.

"People may not believe it but dog fouling is one of the top complaints that our section deals with, simply because it affects everyone. There are major health, environmental and social consequences to dog fouling and whether you own a dog or not it will affect you. So we all have a part to play.

"We have designed a media campaign to ensure everyone knows the damaging effects of dog fouling and so 'Take the Lead' will educate, advocate and hopefully eradicate this dirty and anti-social habit," says Sharon Carroll.

Over the next few weeks, a number of events and initiatives will take place as part of the campaign. In addition, the dog warden and community wardens will be patrolling the city, checking for dog licences and enforcing the bye-laws that specify dogs are not permitted on Galway City beaches from 9 am to 8 pm during May, June, July, August and September.

View further information on Responsible Dog Ownership in Galway city and on the 'Take the Lead' campaign or Like the Galway City Council Facebook Page.


Download Newspaper Ad for Take the Lead Campaign [English] (PDF, 538 kb)