Council admits it’s losing the war against dog fouling

Kerry County Council has admitted it’s losing the war against dog fouling around the county, with fewer than 15 fines being issued to owners over the past three years. The council says it’s almost impossible to catch dog owners when the offence happens, or to get the required evidence to proceed with a prosecution. The local authority has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the problem in Kerry. Under the Control of Dogs Act, owners who fail to clean up after their dogs, are liable for an on-the-spot fine of 150 Euro, or up to 3,000 euro if the case goes to court. Dog Fouling Kerry County Council has three full time litter wardens who regularly carry out patrols of well known problem areas in the county. However, they’ve detected fewer than 15 offenders since 2012 – in common with many other local authorities around the country, who also struggle to catch those responsible. A spokesman for Kerry County Council, says many Kerry dog owners are still not cleaning up after their pets. The local authority launched a new campaign to stamp out dog fouling at last weekend’s Feile na mBlath festival in Tralee, which they hope will make the general public more aware of the offence.