City Council gets tough on dog fouling

Local dog owners who fail to ‘poop and scoop’ could face an automatic £50 fixed penalty fine.

It is the latest crack down by Lisburn City Council who will be carrying out a ‘dog fouling blitz’ across the council area in the coming weeks.

Council’s Dog Wardens will be undertaking patrols at the times when owners are most active with dogs.

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Councillor Jenny Palmer, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said it was the latest measure by the council to stop dog fouling.

“Over the past year the Council has introduced a number of measures to combat the menace of dog fouling,” she said.

“Despite its efforts some dog owners and dog walkers fail to be responsible.

“It is completely unacceptable that our streets should be littered with dog fouling. The guilty parties are only a minority of dog walkers but these few make our local communities and parks unpleasant for children to play in.

“If you notice anyone failing to be a responsible dog owner then please report it immediately to the Council on 028 9250 9394; and tell us the name and address of the offending dog owner, if you know it, with the location and approximate time the dog fouling took place. A description of the dog always helps. We will treat your details as being strictly confidential and our dog warden will investigate your complaint immediately.”

She continued: “The Council takes the safety of its residents and the cleanliness of the local environment very seriously; and has introduced poop scoop dispensers at Wallace Park and Barbour Playing Fields.

“Remember everyone has a part to play in keeping our streets clean and tidy.”