Casey urges dog owners to act responsibly

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Casey has urged local people to look after their beloved pets responsibly

Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey has recently raised the issue of appropriate dog care with Newry and Mourne Council and the Dog Warden. Councillor Casey said, “I have been forced to raise the issue of dog care across Newry following reports from local people about many serious issues relation to responsible dog ownership. The chief complaint from people, although it is not an appealing topic, is that of dog fouling on the streets. I myself have witnessed many incidences in the Linenhall and Armagh Road areas recently where owners have allowed their pets to defecate on the street without cleaning up after them.” Casey continued, “Apart from being disgusting to look at this carries very serious health and safety risks. There are 6 schools in the vicinity of this area and it is a very real concern that children may be walking this mess either into their schools or homes. Secondly, I have seen an increase recently in the number of dogs roaming loose without a lead. I would like to remind dog owners that unrestrained dogs can be removed by the dog warden. This could cause a lot of distress to lose a much loved pet due to not adhering to the rules of dog ownership.” He added, “Once again I urge people to be responsible for their dogs, clean up after them, keep them on a lead and ensure they are licensed and micro chipped.”
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