Dogs Trust launches nationwide campaign ‘The Big Scoop’

Tipperary school to receive workshop on dog fouling.

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Dogs Trust Ireland have launched ‘The Big Scoop’ dog fouling awareness campaign which aims to encourage dog owners to take responsibility and pick up after their dogs, thus reducing the amount of dog foul being left in public spaces.

In an effort to encourage communities across the country to tackle the issue of dog fouling in their area, the charity will take part in Tidy Towns 2018, the 60th anniversary of this national competition, under the Special Award Category of the competition. The charity are eager to see communities demonstrate the most creative and sustainable way of dealing with the issue of dog fouling in their community.

As part of the nationwide campaign, the Education and Community team at Dogs Trust will distribute educational packs to participating primary schools across the country and deliver ‘The Big Scoop’ workshops in some of these schools, educating over 28,500 children about the importance of cleaning up after their dog. Dualla National School is amongst those receiving The Big Scoop workshops.

Recent research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes for Dogs Trust revealed that 7 in 10 people claimed to have walked in dog foul on the street, 43% came across dog waste in their local children’s park, 24% rolled a buggy, 20% rolled a bicycle and 10% rolled their wheelchair through it.

Not only is dog waste an unpleasant sight and smell, but it is unhygienic and can spread disease. It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million faecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness and serious kidney disorders in humans. It can also contain nasty bacteria such as E-coli and parasites like roundworm, the larvae of which can cause loss of vision. The charity are urging the public to always pick up after their dog using a bag or a scooping device before disposing of it in any bin and then to wash their hands when they get home.

There are certain people in our community who are more at risk of coming into contact with dog foul and putting their health at risk, such as wheelchair users, visually impaired people, babies and toddlers who love to explore the world with their hands, those who use buggies and prams, as well as people playing sports. Whether you own a dog or not, dog waste in public spaces affects everyone.

The charity is asking dog walkers to be kind to their community – dog waste can get on wheels, hands and feet. Remember that cleaning up after your dog is the law and owners who don’t are guilty of an offence and can be fined if the dog foul is left behind.

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