Drop in number of complaints about dog fouling

DOG fouling complaints dropped from 195 in 2018/19 to 111 during 2019/20 in the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area.

However councillors have been told “dog fouling is still an issue in the borough and remains a priority issue for council”.

Members of the Green Dog Walkers scheme which encourages responsible pet ownership have risen from 512 in April 2019 to 1,022 by April 2020.

Dog owners support the scheme by signing a pledge to clean up after their pets and encourage others to do the same.

According to the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Cleaner Neighbourhoods Report, in a cleansing survey of 100 streets in Mid and East Antrim, just five were found to have dog fouling present between July and September last year compared to 11 during a previous period.

The council has stated enforcement officers will “continue to patrol” and will be issuing fixed penalty notices of £80.

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