More than 28 tonnes of dog faeces has been lifted from designated bins installed by the local council in Derry over a 12 month period.
The latest available figures from Derry City & Strabane District Council reveal that for the 2013/14 year, a total of 28.72 tonnes of dog fouling was collected from the city.
This is equivalent in weight to four African elephants or 5,500 cats.
The figures for dog foul and other waste collected by council workers were obtained by the Journal this week.
Council officials said that the tonnage in dog waste shows that most people are using the dozens of special red bins installed across the city’s public areas in recent years.
A spokeswoman for Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “Dog waste bins have been in operation across the district for many years and are well used by the majority of dog owners.
“Bins have been erected in those areas frequented by dog owners including parks, riverside walkways and green ways.
“Dog waste bins are considered during the development of schemes and projects with new bins erected in anticipation of demand.”