The people of Blackrock have launched a campaign to fight back against dog fouling, which is rapidly making the picturesque village a minefield for pedestrians
The village remains a favourite for dog walkers, though a by product of this daily influx of animal friendly ramblers is that some errant or ignorant dog owners are simply not picking up after their pets.
While some people may have a blaise attitude to the problem, a €150 on the spot fine my give pet owners something to think about should their dog’s excrement be left in situ after being deposited.
Speaking following the launch of the initiative, Supervisor of the CE Scheme and committee member of Blackrock Tidy Towns, Pat Rafferty says that while the problem seems to be getting better, there are a proportion of peope who still don’t clean up after their dogs.
“There are nearly more dogs down here of an evening then people. The vast majority of people are very good and clean up after their pets.
“There are still people out there however who don’t.”
The problem seems to manifest itself between the hours of 5pm and 9 in the morning, which suggests it evening and early morning dog walkers that are problem.
“We patrol both side of the street four times a day at 9am, 1.30pm, 5pm and 7.30pm. Usually the busiest time of day is at 9am and 7.30pm.
“You can get anything from 4 to 6 fouls on any given patrol.”
This could potentially amount to 8,760 dog fouls a year.