Dog fouling campaign launched

Pictured at the launch of the dog fouling campaign at the Gasyard Centre, from left, Catherine Pollack (Development Worker - Bogside and Brandywell Initiative), Mickey Duddy (Dog Warden - Derry City and Strabane District Council), Laverne Mason (Northern Ireland Housing Executive), Aidan McIvor (volunteer - Bogside and Brandywell Initiative), Donna McCloskey (Triax Neighbourhood Manager), Maria McCloskey and Theo the dog.
Pictured at the launch of the dog fouling campaign at the Gasyard Centre, from left, Catherine Pollack (Development Worker - Bogside and Brandywell Initiative), Mickey Duddy (Dog Warden - Derry City and Strabane District Council), Laverne Mason (Northern Ireland Housing Executive), Aidan McIvor (volunteer - Bogside and Brandywell Initiative), Donna McCloskey (Triax Neighbourhood Manager), Maria McCloskey and Theo the dog.

A campaign aimed at tackling the issue of dog fouling was launched at the Gasyard Centre on Monday.

The week long campaign will officially commence on July 6 and will run for a full week.

The campaign has been organised by the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team.

The Dog’s Trust will be at the Gasyard Centre on July 6 and at the Corned Beef Tin in Creggan on July 7. Dog owners living in the areas will be able to visit the Dog’s Trust where they will be able to avail of a free microchipping service. The Rainbow Rehoming Centre will also be at both events.

The microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

Triax Neighbourhood Manager, Donna McCloskey, explained how the campaign came about.

“We carried out a survey in the Triax area where we asked people to list what they felt the biggest public health issues were.

“One that kept coming up was the issue of dog fouling so that’s why we are launching this campaign today,” said Donna.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of dog fouling amongst dog lovers locally. The campaign will also provide pet owners with information on how much they could be fined if they dog is found to be littering. There will also be help and support for people on benefits on how they can pay for a dog licence.

“We don’t want to give dog owners a bad name,” said Donna. “The vast majority of them are careful and responsible but it only takes a handful to cause the problem. It’s important that this issue is highlighted.”

If you would like more information on the dog fouling campaign telephone 028 7126 1916.