'Avoiding turds is like trying to avoid landmines'

By Amy Lewis

Published 18/06/2016 | 00:00

Wexford resident Terry Lawton was so amazed at this local woman taking the time to clean up after her dog that he decided to take a photo of it.
Wexford resident Terry Lawton was so amazed at this local woman taking the time to clean up after her dog that he decided to take a photo of it.

Terry Lawton was stopped in his tracks last week when he saw a woman carrying out what he felt was an unusual act in Wexford - cleaning up after her dog.

The Wexford town resident was so amazed to see somebody cleaning up after their pet, that he decided to take a photo of her. According to Terry, this was the first time he has ever seen anybody doing so in the town.

'It's so unusual. People should do it but they don't,' he said. 'Trying to avoid turds on the road here is like trying to avoid landmines. It's impossible to walk down the quay or side streets.

Cllr Davy Hynes, who is an owner of three dogs himself, agrees that dog fouling is a problem around Wexford. However, he said that he thinks there has been an improvement in recent times.

'I think it has improved but we still have a bit to go. I clean up after my dogs and in fairness, I know a lot of people who clean up after their dogs but there a lot of people who are irresponsible and who don't. They seem to think someone else will pick it up,' he said. 'People need to take responsibility when they are dog owners, particularly if they are around places where children might be playing. They need to be mindful. All of these things have to be paid for.'

According to Cllr Hynes, there has been a great improvement along Wexford Quay, something he feels could be due to the existence of CCTV cameras.

'People are more concious that they will be seen on camera or by other people on the Quay,' he said.

Wexford Borough Council recently installed more dog bins in Wexford Park, while Cllr Hynes said there are already more than enough on Wexford Quay. However, he said that having a bin on every street would be a more preferable situation.

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