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Peter J. Martin
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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

“Information booklet a useful resource for Dog owners

Saturday 19th October 2013

By this week all residents of North Down who are registered dog owners will have received a Council published guide to dog ownership, compiled with the help of local pet specialists. This booklet contains useful information and phone numbers on a range of dog related topics including licensing, micro–chipping and even canine care. It also contains a range of discounts and free offers from local pet stores and vets which I’m sure will be a welcome bonus for all dog owners.

By this week all residents of North Down who are registered dog owners will have received a Council published guide to dog ownership, compiled with the help of local pet specialists. This booklet contains useful information and phone numbers on a range of dog related topics including licensing, micro–chipping and even canine care. It also contains a range of discounts and free offers from local pet stores and vets which I’m sure will be a welcome bonus for all dog owners. 

The idea for this booklet came from one of my local constituents who felt it would be useful for dog owners throughout the Borough to have this sort of resource at hand. I brought the matter before Council and I’m very happy that we were subsequently able to bring it to fruition. I am delighted to report that this booklet cost the ratepayers nothing as we successfully ensured that the print and distribution costs were fully met through commercial advertising. 

The booklet usefully provides an overview of the new Dog Control Orders which came into operation on the 1st May 2013 and a summary of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act NI 2011 with regard to dog fouling. Whilst the majority of dog owners continue to pick up their dogs fouling there is still sadly a hard core minority out there giving all dog owners a bad name. This booklet reinforces to these owners that if caught letting their dog foul they will be subject to a fixed penalty of £80. We currently have extra wardens on the streets and hopefully we will see some progress on catching these people.

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