Dog owners urged to clean up
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.