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46 fines issued since new dog litter and dog control bye-laws came into effect in March

46 fines issued since new dog litter and dog control bye-laws came into effect in March

A total of 46 fines have been issued by Louth County Council since new dog litter and dog control bye-laws came into effect earlier this year.

New regulations came into force on March 16th, primarily aimed at tackling the problem of dog fouling throughout the county.

Fines of €150 can be issued to anyone not abiding by the new by-laws.

As of the start of the month eight such fines had been issued in respect of dog fouling, with a further 38 issues for not having a dog iunder effective control.

The new bye-laws stipulate that anyone walking a dog in a public place must carry suitable receptacles to remove and dispose of the droppings immediately. They should also have a spare bag, or whatever else they choose to use, with them in the event of their pet going to the toilet a second time or more.

The bye-laws also stipulate that dogs be kept on a leash and under proper control at all times while in public areas.

According to Louth County Council plastic or paper bags or pooper scoopers are appropriate and should be available for inspection by an authorised officer on request. This means you could be asked to produce evidence of carrying something to clean up after your pet while out walking.

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