As part of the roll out of the ongoing ‘Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution’ environmental campaign, this week Galway City Council has launched a new dog fouling awareness initiative titled ‘Clean it up you dirty pup!’
The initiative is aimed at irresponsible dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs.
Speaking about the new initiative, Tiarnan McCusker, Environmental Awareness Officer with Galway City Council said:
“Getting outdoors with their dogs has been a great way for people to keep active in the past year. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in dog fouling on the city’s streets, which can ruin the outdoor experience for everyone. We hope dog owners can get behind the campaign and take pride in cleaning up after their dog.
“It will be a multi-pronged campaign, with both awareness raising of the issue through the media and social media, as well as a number of collaborative Galway City Council and community group actions on the ground to reduce the amount of dog fouling in the city.”
As one of the first measures, Galway City Council staff will stencil a ‘Clean it up you dirty pup!’ message on footpaths in over 70 places around the City. Local volunteers from Residents Associations and Tidy Towns groups will also use a spray to highlight individual dog foul with bright yellow spray paint. Spray paints are temporary and have minimal impact on the environment and will wash away after a few weeks but are key to creating a baseline of the issue and continuous evaluation.
Pictured with one of the new stencil markings around the City are Tiarnan McCusker, Environmental Awareness Officer with Galway City Council; Malachy Duggan and Gizmo, Galway’s Westend.
Galway City Council will also trial the overtime of Community Wardens in the mornings, evenings and weekends for problem areas identified in the City. As we want to reward responsible dog ownership, dog owners can send in photos of responsible dog ownership to firstname.lastname@example.org with a chance of winning a €20 One4all voucher each month for the rest of 2021.
Under the Litter pollution ACT 1997, dog owners are legally obliged to clean up after their pets, if they go to the toilet in public places. Those who do not clean up after their dog are liable to receive a €150 on the spot fine or Pay €3,000 in court on prosecution for non-payment