Anti - Dog Fouling Awareness Campaign 2018
Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:57:00 BST
Educating and influencing the behaviour of dog owners regarding dog fouling will be to the fore as an innovative awareness programme launched by Galway County Council in association with Loughrea Tidy Towns gets underway in Loughrea in the coming week.
The campaign will be launched locally by Cllr. Shane Donnellan on Thursday 10th May at 1pm. The programme involves a six-week campaign involving community engagement, education and targeted enforcement action. The campaign also aims to instill pride in local areas and deter people from breaking the law by allowing their dogs to foul local streets and parks.
Key to this campaign is the sequence of three colour coded stages:
Green – First two weeks to focus on education and awareness;
Amber – Second two weeks to outline what can happen as a result of dog fouling and how people are affected;
Red – Final two weeks to outline the consequences that can result if you are caught letting your dog foul in public places through fines and prosecution.
Dog Fouling is a health hazard and spoils walkways and amenities for everyone from children to wheelchair users, to the elderly and parents with buggies. Although most owners do clear up, there are still some people who feel it is unhygienic or not something they should have to do. However dog fouling is against the law and poses a real health hazard to leave it where it lies - on pavements, in parks and playgrounds, the cliffs and coastal areas or even on the beach.
Dog faeces carry various infections including toxocariasis. This is caused by roundworms in the dogs intestines. Children are most vulnerable to the serious effects of this infection which can result in eye disorders, dizziness, nausea, asthma and epileptic fits. This health risk can be prevented if owners clean up immediately after their dogs.
Dog fouling is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act 1997-2003 and subject to an on the spot fine of €150 with a maximum fine of €3,000 for those convicted. Community Wardens throughout county Galway will enforce this law, thus helping to make Galway county a cleaner place in which to live and work.
Anti-Dog Fouling Awareness Campaign - Loughrea – May 2018
Launch scheduled for Thursday 10th May at 1pm.
Green Phase-First two weeks
From the 11th May onwards a Social Media Campaign will begin to raise awareness of the campaign. This will be run through Galway County Council’s Facebook page, Twitter and www.discoverloughrea.com. Local volunteers will raise awareness locally by conducting surveys with the public on dog fouling.
Amber – Second Two weeks
Local schools become involved in the campaign with the running of a poster competition. The most suitable posters will be used in the online campaign. The focus will shift to the effects of dog fouling and those that are impacted by it. Results of the survey run during the first two weeks will be released.
Red – Final Two weeks
Patrols commence with active volunteers. There will be active enforcement by community wardens who may accompany volunteers on their patrols. Social Media campaign to focus on the consequences if you are caught letting your dog foul in a public place through fines and prosecutions.
Please click here to complete our Anti Dog Fouling Survey