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DUP Councillors call for Dog Owners to help in the Dog Fouling Fight

Tuesday 12th February 2013

One of many aspects that we learnt from the consultations over the Dog Orders was that decent, responsible dog owners are just as annoyed as everyone else about Dog Fouling, some more so. Many actually raised the issue about dog owners being more vigilant when out walking their pets to notice when irresponsible ones allowing their dog to foul and then just walking on regardless. This behaviour reinforces the incorrect public perception that all dog owners are the same.

Joint DUP Press Release Cllr Alex Easton MLA, Cllr Peter Weir MLA and Cllr Peter Martin 

One of many aspects that we learnt from the consultations over the Dog Orders was that decent, responsible dog owners are just as annoyed as everyone else about Dog Fouling, some more so. Many actually raised the issue about dog owners being more vigilant when out walking their pets to notice when irresponsible ones allowing their dog to foul and then just walking on regardless. This behaviour reinforces the incorrect public perception that all dog owners are the same. 

We are asking specifically that if you see someone allowing their dog to foul you call the Council [either then or when you get home] on and let Enforcement Officers know what the person looked like, what type of dog they were walking, time and place. 

Cllr Peter Martin 

‘I believe that good dog owners are the best resource we have to try to reduce dog fouling in our borough. Their help will be invaluable in trying to identify the consistent foulers and start hitting them with fixed penalties. Stronger legislation will not cure the problem of dog fouling and education will only go so far – we need prosecutions to change behaviour. Would you believe that when we went down through the kids play park at Ballyholme to take the photo someone had allowed their dog to foul beside the swings? This is wholly unacceptable and completely irresponsible behaviour and it gives a bad name to all dog owners’

Cllr Alex Easton 

‘This problem is sadly only a problem because of a few individuals who do not care about the consequences of their dogs actions. The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dogs and use the Council dog bins. The small minority of dog owners who fail to be responsible have to be aware there actions can have consequences for the health of people. Dog mess can cause serious health risks and can cause blindness to children who may come into contact with it. It also is very unsightly and can ruin someone’s enjoyment of walking. It is time to be tough on those who can’t be responsible for their dog’s actions, and we intend to be so.” 

Cllr Peter Weir 

“At Council we have strived to provide a good service for all our constituents, and in particular to balance the needs of dog owners who rightly want to give their pets exercise on our beaches and in our parks, and other users of our public facilities. Fortunately the vast majority of dog owners in North Down are responsible, but the small number of irresponsible owners who fail to clear up their dog’s mess, create serious problems for other residents, and in particular health and safety problems for young children. We need to support and encourage responsible dog owners and the commitment of the Council to replace and create 7 dog bins will help to encourage and protect.” 

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