FINGAL County Council can’t be accused of not being dogged in raising awareness of litter and dog fouling issues.
Last Wednesday (July 4), dog owners and walkers along Rush Main Street and beach were treated to the sight of Fingal County Council’s latest recruit in the war against litter and dog fouling.
Ella, a two-year old golden Labrador retriever, accompanied by her owner, Fingal Litter Warden Wendy Byrne, were out and about meeting dog walkers and members of the public, and raising awareness of dog fouling issues, and encouraging responsible behaviour.
Ella and Wendy visited Balbriggan on July 6 and will also be dropping into Skerries and Swords on July 10 and 12 respectively.
One local Rush resident told Northside People: "It is highly encouraging to see Fingal County Council being proactive on the issue of dirt. It has become impossible to go for a walk in Rush without navigating an obstacle course of excrement.
"While raising awareness of the issue is a step in the right direction, it would be great to see on-the-spot fines being issued to irresponsible dog owners with the same enthusiasm that parking tickets are handed out in the village."
In raising awareness, the council highlighted that:
• Dog litter can cause disease, which may lead to blindness in young children.
• The onus is on you, the dog owner to clean up your dog’s mess and control the risk of potentially damaging infections.
• Use any bag and any bin.
• Be a better dog owner.
• Free Phone Litter Hotline 1800 20 10 93 or email firstname.lastname@example.org