'We need to embarrass the hell out of people'; Call for hard-hitting campaign to reduce dog-fouling in Cork

'We need to embarrass the hell out of people'; Call for hard-hitting campaign to reduce dog-fouling in Cork

A HARD-HITTING, graphic campaign around dog fouling is being considered in the Carrigaline Municipal District following a wave of complaints.

At a meeting in County Hall, Fine Gael councillor Aidan Lombard said the local authority needed a campaign to “embarrass the hell out of people” while Fianna Fáil’s Seamus McGrath said the health risks attached to the problem need to be highlighted.

Independent Marcia Dalton said current dog fouling posters were “litter in their own right” because they were hopeless at highlighting the problem.

Ms Dalton referred to posters circulated a decade ago that showed a child putting their hand into faeces and a child with it on their face.

“It was really graphic stuff. I would ask can we find those posters, there was no need to use words.”

In a report from the Dog Warden, Fianna Fáil’s Audrey Buckley expressed frustration at the current reporting system.

“You see a dog on a beach and they foul, then you ring and say there is a brown dog... that is not going to work. As someone who lives in a seaside town we are demented by it.”

Fine Gael’s Liam O’Connor said a permanent, full-time dog warden would be a worthwhile resource and highlighted that 10 fines were issued in Carrigaline over a six week period when the roaming dog warden was in the area.

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