'Take the Lead' Campaign to Reduce Dog Fouling Launched
'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.
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.