Fianna Fail’s An­thony wants lo­cal ‘pooch pen’

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

FIANNA Fáil’s South Louth East Meath PRO An­thony Moore is call­ing for the cre­ation of a dog park or “pooch pen” be­side St. Do­minic’s park in Drogheda.

He said “Sta­tis­ti­cally, Ire­land is one of the coun­tries with the high­est lev­els of dog own­er­ship in Europe, with half of Ir­ish house­holds own­ing dogs. We all know that dog own­ers love tak­ing their dogs for a walk, but they’re wary of let­ting them off their leads, be­cause of fear of be­ing run over by a car or bit­ing some­one.”

“What we need to do is to cre­ate a dog park or a “pooch pen”, which are found in many parks in Dublin, like Mar­lay Park where I had our own dog run­ning round de­lighted with him­self. These are rec­tan­gu­lar ar­eas of around 150 square me­tres, en­closed by a hedge or a fence, di­vided into ar­eas for big dogs and small dogs. The own­ers can let them off their leads there and the dogs have great fun run­ning around and get­ting plenty of ex­er­cise. It’s also a good way for the own­ers to so­cialise with each other, so it’s a win-win for ev­ery­one.

‘Dog own­ers pay an an­nual li­cence and it’d be good for them if the Coun­cil did some­thing like this or in­cluded it in the next de­vel­op­ment plan. There’s some scrub­land ad­ja­cent to St. Do­minic’s park which would be ideal for this pur­pose.’

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