Saturday 17 August 2019

Dog fouling on the increase

By Esther Hayden

Dog fouling around the town is increasing despite the council's efforts.

Speaking at last Monday's meeting of Wexford Borough Municipal District Cllr George Lawlor said he had never received as many reports about dog fouling as he had in recent weeks.

'It's having a very negative impact on the town. It has never been tackled in the same way as litter. The Tidy Towns do a great job but we really need to go after this. We need to get the wardens out to check for this. I was also wondering about a Go Pro camera to witness people in the act. It would be a high profile measure to improve the situation.

'There are a lot of responsible owners out there but often it's the older generation that don't clean up after their dogs.'

District manager Angie Laffan said a Go Pro camera was a good idea and said that the council had invested significantly in the area of dog foul prevention in the past 18 months adding that she was unaware of the complaints Cllr Lawlor referred to.

Cllr Davy Hynes said more needed to be done in the issue of education and said more bins for dog fouling would also be a help.

Wexford People

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