Thurles Independent Councillor Jim Ryan has this week called on all dog owners to ensure that they clean up after their pets have fouled on public footpaths and parks while out walking.
In a statement to this weeks Tipperary Star Councillor Ryan says that people cannot understand why dog owners do not clean up after their dogs have fouled on a footpath. Some of the footpaths in Thurles are been destroyed by dog foul and people are bringing this into their homes after walking on it by mistake. It is absolutely disgusting and very unhygienic and until such time as people start taking responsibility for cleaning up after their dogs this problem is only going to get worse, he said.
“There is a fine of €127 for dog fouling and I feel that the council should be doing more to curb this problem. Poop and scoob bags should be made available in all shops in Thurles and signs should be placed around the town making dog owners aware of their responsibility. There is nothing wrong with people walking their dogs. It is a great past time and form of exercise but we cannot allow this continuous fouling to continue. Young childrens health is at risk from dog foul if they come into close contact with it so it is vital that it is curbed.
It is extremely unfair for footpath users. Dog owners clean up after their dog fouls in their homes and it is only fair that they do the same on footpaths.