New dog fouling awareness campaign launched by Wicklow County Council

A new campaign to raise awareness of the problem of dog fouling has been launched by a group of local authorities, including Wicklow County Council.

Dog owners everywhere know they need to pick up after their dogs, but the issue of dog fouling is still one that plagues County Wicklow.

“Waste should always be bagged and removed for binning,” said the Council. “Your dog is your responsibility.”

Fouling of our streets and public areas is a problem for all of us, particularly children, those who manage our greenspace and people with mobility concerns. Dog fouling can also contribute to the spread of disease between dogs.

To highlight the issue of dog fouling Wicklow County Council has developed a new campaign to remind dog owners to pick up after their pup wherever they are.

The campaign features the adorable “Scally”, the dog in a series of videos which highlight the consequences of not picking up the poop.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Tommy Annesley said: “Dog Fouling is frequently raised to elected members as a source of nuisance and concern Wicklow County Council continues to look for new and innovative ways to help combat the issue of dog fouling, and over the last number of years has engaged in social media campaigns, adverts and the use of audio devices which remind dog owners of their responsibility in order to increase awareness around the issue of dog fouling.

“Help Scally to carry on the message and bin the poo responsibly.”

Failure to pick up after your dog is an offence under the Litter Management Acts 1997-2009 and could result in an on-the-spot fine of €150. The maximum court fine is €3000.

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