New initiative reminds dog owners to 'scoop the poop'

County Council teams up with Tidy Towns and local business

New initiative reminds dog owners to 'scoop the poop'

A new initiative is being launched by Tipperary County Council to tackle dog fouling in Cashel.

The initiative will include a series of marketing and promotional initiatives to raise awareness of the environmental and health issues around dog fouling.

Dog fouling remains a very serious issue in all towns across Tipperary. This initiative is aimed at encouraging all dog owners to meet their legal and, more importantly, their social obligation to their local community.

The solution to dog fouling is simple, if you are walking your dog in a public place, remember to “scoop the poop”. Whether it’s with a plastic bag or a pooper scooper, safely disposing of dog litter is not only showing respect for your neighbours, it’s the law.

Tipperary County Council Environment Section have provided five 'mutt mitt' dispensers at strategic locations around Cashel town. Theses dispensers are filled with bags in which the public can use to clean up after their dog. Bags can be disposed of in street bins. A number of stencils have been put on footpaths alerting public to clean up after their dog.

Dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs are creating a serious environmental and public health issue for everyone else. If not cleaned up and disposed of appropriately dog faeces can cause serious medical problems such as toxocariasis, leading to sight loss in children.

Staff from the council's Environment Section will be on patrol in Cashel town early in the mornings for a number of weeks advising people out walking their dogs of their responsibilities to clean up after their dog.

Tipperary County Council is working closely on this project with Cashel Tidy Towns and Cashel Business and Tourism.

The message is simple -Let’s all do our bit to curb this problem in our towns to make the area a better place to live and work.