Calls for council to write to greyhound board and National Parks about dog fouling

There are calls for Kerry County Council to write to Bord na gCon and the National Parks and Wildlife Service about dog fouling.

The issue was raised at the council’s monthly meeting, following publication of the Litter Pollution Report 2017.

Councillors raised concerns about the amount of dog waste not being cleaned up by owners in the county.

Independent Tralee Cllr Sam Locke doesn’t want owners of greyhounds to walk them in green areas within housing estates due to what he claims is the amount of dog waste that’s left behind.

He wants the council to write to a strongly worded letter to Bord na gCon, to ask members to respect residential areas and for the board to buy a designated area where greyhounds could be walked.

Cllr Locke also said he recently witnessed children playing soccer having to be hosed down after falling in dog faeces, where people let dogs defecate and didn’t clean up.

Kerry Independent Alliance Cllr Michael Gleeson wants the council to write to the National Parks and Wildlife Service asking them to enforce dog fouling rules within Killarney National Park.

Labour Cllr Terry O’Brien would like to see laws developed similar to those in other EU countries, where dog wardens can stop a person walking with a dog and ask to see if they have a pooper scooper, and if not, they’ll be fined.