Longford County Council, along with ten other local authorities, are taking part in a new dog fouling awareness campaign. Launching on Thursday, July 7, the campaign aims to remind dog owners to pick up their dogs and the consequences of not doing so.
The campaign features “Scally” the dog in a series of social media videos highlighting the responsibilities of dog ownership. Whether under cover of darkness, on the street or in the park, owners are urged to remember, “Your dog’s feces can end up anywhere!” Always pick it up!
Dog owners are also reminded that failure to pick up after their pet is an offense under the Waste Management Acts 1997-2009 and may result in an on-the-spot fine of €150. The maximum legal fine is €3,000.
Speaking at the launch, Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Turlough McGovern stressed the importance of reminding dog owners of their responsibilities. “Dog fouling is a serious problem. It’s not just terrible to see around our cities and towns, it can also end up in our homes, playgrounds and parks, and cause other problems including health issues. The message is clear – all dog owners should bag it and throw it away.
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Pictured at the launch are Longford County Council Administrative Officer Suzanne Duffy; Michael Murphy, Community Manager of Longford County Council; Paul Newell, Principal Engineer of Longford County Council; Samantha Healy, Longford County Council Services Manager; Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Turlough McGovern; Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council; Declan Murtagh, Longford County Council Waste Custodian; Gary Brady, Environmental Awareness Officer, Longford County Council; Brigid Devine, Longford County Council waste keeper
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