Council calls on ‘Green Dog walkers’ to combat fouling

Minister for the Environment and Local Government Phil Hogan pictured with Cathaoirleach, Pat Dunphy, Philip O'Neill, Director of Services and Bernadette Moloney , Environment Awareness Officer at the Green Dog Walking Regional Launch. Photo: Pat Moore.
A new iniative in the ongoing battle against the scourge of dog waste on our streets and public areas was launched by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan on Monday.

A new iniative in the ongoing battle against the scourge of dog waste on our streets and public areas was launched by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan on Monday.

The ‘Green Dog Walker Programme’ is a regional-based programme involving local authorities in Kilkenny, Carlow, and neighbouring counties. The programme is a positive, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling.

It involves empowering local communities, groups and individuals to meet the challenges of dog litter in a non-confrontational, friendly way. Dog owners are encouraged to sign up to a pledge whereby they agree to comply with criteria such as the wearing of a green armband/bag dispenser when walking their dog, cleaning up after their dog, be happy to be approached to ‘lend’ a dog waste bag to those without and be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs.

Minister Hogan said responsible management by dog owners will improve our local environment.

“Dog fouling is a very serious health risk and young children are particularly at risk,” he said.

“This initiative will help enhance the wellbeing of our communities by reducing the risk of infection posed by dog fouling. I look forward to meeting lots of green dog walkers in the south-east region.”

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Cllr Pat Dunphy was also at the launch.

“Apart from the fact that dog fouling creates an unsightly mess, we must also be conscious of the serious health issues associated it,” he said.

If you are interested in becoming a green dog walker, contact Environment Awareness Officer Bernadette Moloney on 056-7794487.