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Not the most paws-itive number

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 5:10pm

What a crap figure, literally! Cork City Council has issued just four fines for dog fouling in 20 years.

All four of those fines were issued last year.

This was revealed at a Cork City Council meeting on Monday night after Fianna Fáil Cllr Tim Brosnan asked the local authority to fetch information about the number of fines issued and paid for dog fouling.

The councillor was told that as part of the 2017 awareness campaign, run by the Dog Fouling Sub Committee, the Litter Warden Service focused on this issue of dog fouling over a four week period in April and May of 2017 and during that period four dog fouling litter fines were issued.

Three of these were paid and one proceeded to court.

David Joyce, head of the environment and recreation department, said: “These four fines have been the only fines issues in respect of dog fouling offences since the Litter Pollution Act 1997 was introduced.”

He said that the difficulty in issuing fines under this act is that the litter warden must actually witness both the dog depositing faeces and the person in control of the dog neglecting to remove it.

The practicalities, he said, associated with this mean that it is "extremely challenging" and time consuming to issue fine for such offences.

Number two!

Alternatively, a member of the public who witnesses the offence can make a complaint to the litter warden or to the Litter Management Section. However, the person that complains must be willing to go to court if necessary and give evidence.

Mr Joyce added: "It should be noted that by their very nature the vast majority of instances of dog fouling occur early in the morning, early in the evening or late at night outside of the times when litter wardens are on duty and often times dogs are left out unaccompanied to foul thus making it almost impossible to issue fines for these offences."

Now you know the poop-ular times!

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