• Public Health Notice

    County Wide Campaign – Dog Owners

    “I propose that Sligo County Council initiate a county wide campaign to highlight the need for dog owners to clean up after their pets in all public places including beaches, footpaths, streets, public parks and playgrounds.”

    Most dog owners are responsible and do clean up after their pets and they are frustrated by dog owners who do not clean up after their pets as it gives all dog owners a bad name.
    The main reason for dog fouling laws is because dog faeces is unhygienic and a health hazard. Not only is dog fouling is unsightly, unpleasant and smells nasty, it also causes a mess if you step in it, cycle through it, push a wheelchair or mobility scooter through it. If you don’t realise you’ve stepped in it, there’s a good chance you will carry it and spread it in public places and buildings, your place of work or home. On top of everything else it’s extremely anti-social and can lead to toxocariasis in humans. Toxocariasis causes serious illness and even blindness.
    Signs are now being distributed to community groups around the town and county to remind dog owners to clean up. Thanks to Environment section for these signs.
    It’s a specific offence under the Litter Pollution Act and Litter Wardens, Waste Enforcement Officers, Traffic Wardens, Beach Lifeguards can issue a fine of €150.
    Bags and pooper scoopers are widely available in pet shops and supermarkets.

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