‘Cut the ****, dog dirt is dangerous’ – Councillor Hearty

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has urged pet owners in the area to take responsibility for their animals.

The Slieve Gullion representative said that while the majority of dog owners were responsible people, a small minority were making parts of Crossmaglen a minefield to walk through.

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“Dog fouling is becoming a serious problem right across the town,” he told Newry Times.



“While the majority of owners are responsible people a small minority of selfish pet owners are making parts of Crossmaglen a minefield to walk through.

“Not picking up after your pet is not only selfish and irresponsible behaviour, it’s dangerous.

“Dog dirt contains pathogens that can cause serious illness, from coughing and vomiting to liver damage, asthma and blindness.



“It is particularly dangerous for children, pregnant women and the immunocompromised.

He continued, “I would urge dog owners to keep this in mind next time they go out.



“While picking up after your dog might be inconvenient for you, it could spell disaster for someone else.

“In order to combat this problem I will be asking the Council to install dog dirt bins in Crossmaglen and will also be asking that the Dog Warden makes regular trips to the area.

“My colleagues in Leinster House recently proposed legislation that would make it mandatory for people walking their dogs to carry litter bags with them and I will also be looking into the possibility of introducing this legislation in the north as well,” the local Councillor added.




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