Dog own­ers urged to clean up

Bray People - - NEWS -

BRAY TIDY TOWNS and Lit­ter Task Force are ap­peal­ing to all dog walk­ers to clean up af­ter their an­i­mals.

‘Ev­ery­one knows that a lovely walk can be spoiled by step­ping in dog dirt,’ said Tidy Towns rep­re­sen­ta­tive Zuzana Til­son. ‘ Chil­dren on their bikes, par­ents with bug­gies or peo­ple out for a jog all want to get out in the sun­shine and not have to worry what’s un­der­foot.’

Bray Tidy Towns will be team­ing up with Bray Lit­ter Task Force and sten­cilling anti-foul­ing signs along the most no­to­ri­ous paths.

‘ The un­pleas­ant pres­ence of dog fae­ces on our streets must stop,’ said Lit­ter Task Force PRO Sarah Wray. ‘It is the moral duty and legal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of dog own­ers to clean up af­ter their pets, sim­ply if a dog fouls in a pub­lic place re­mem­ber to bring a bag and bin it.’

Both groups ad­vise that to help keep the streets clean, make sure you bring at least one bag to clean up af­ter your dog when go­ing for a walk.

‘We have brought this ini­tia­tive for­ward to re­duce dog foul­ing on our streets, as a task force we try to be proac­tive in pre­sent­ing Bray as a clean en­vi­ron­ment in which to live,’ said Cllr. Ro­nan Mc­Manus, Chair­per­son of the Lit­ter Task Force. ‘I would en­cour­age dog own­ers to play their part in keep­ing the town clean for our res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.’

Bray Town Coun­cil pro­vides des­ig­nated dog bins in some ar­eas and in ar­eas where un­avail­able - own­ers can dou­ble wrap ex­cre­ment and dis­pose of in a nor­mal lit­ter bin or your own rub­bish bin at home.

If you see a dog walker who does not pick up af­ter their dog, you can call the Bray Town Coun­cil En­vi­ron­ment sec­tion on (01) 2744941 or the Garda Siochana and re­port the in­ci­dent.

‘ Try to give as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble, de­scrip­tion of the dog, the dog walker, the walker’s car reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, time and place,’ said Zuzanna. ‘If you know where the dog-walker lives, just in­form the Coun­cil and they will is­sue a fixed fine €150 or a €1900 max­i­mum penalty if re­ferred to court.’

Com­plaints can also be made to the District Court un­der the Lit­ter Laws against an owner of a dog who al­lows that dog to foul pub­lic places and who fails to act re­spon­si­bly - how­ever you must first in­form the dog owner of your in­ten­tion by com­plet­ing a spe­cial form avail­able from the Dog Con­trol Unit of your lo­cal coun­cil.

Dog drop­pings on a Bray street.

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