Nenagh dog owners targeted over fouling

Cllr Conor Delaney in St Joseph's Park
Dog owners in Nenagh face new legislation in an effort to clean up dog fouling around the town. New measures were agreed at this Monday’s Nenagh Town Council meeting that will now go to form draft bylaws that will be put on public display.

Dog owners in Nenagh face new legislation in an effort to clean up dog fouling around the town. New measures were agreed at this Monday’s Nenagh Town Council meeting that will now go to form draft bylaws that will be put on public display.

The measures were drawn up by Cllr Conor Delaney and include the necessity to keep dogs under control on a leash and for owners to carry bags at all times to pick up their dog’s dirt.

“We are giving legal certainty to national laws,” said Cllr Delaney, pointing out that rules should as to how dogs were kept under control were vague.

Dog owners who fail to stick by the bylaws will face E20 fixed notice fines and could be brought to court for failing to pay up.

“We are trying to encourage correct behaviour by dog owners. These bylaws are being brought forward because of the irresponsibilty of some dog owners,” he said. “I would like to see us promoted as a dog litter free town.”

Councillors agreed that action needed to be taken, but had some concerns over ambiguities in the bylaws, while Cllr Virginia O’Dowd described a clause to have dedicated dog routes around Nenagh as “dictatorial”.

Dog owners were told to “cop on” by Cllr Hughie McGrath and to clean up after their dogs.

“We are only discussing this because of a minority,” he said.

He was supported by Cllr Tom Moylan and Cllr Seamus Morris, who pointed out the problems wheelchair users have.

“We only think of getting it on our shoes,” he said.

Town manager Marcus O’Connor agreed to bring back a draft to the council and revealed that the dog bins were being emptied on a regular basis as more people used them.