Irresponsible dog owners ‘costing council thousands’

Dog waste bin at Sixmilewater River Park. INNT 32-213-CON

Dog waste bin at Sixmilewater River Park. INNT 32-213-CON

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IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners are costing the council “thousands upon thousands of pounds” it was revealed at a recent meeting of the organisation’s Environment Committee.

At the meeting held earlier this month, councillors were informed about two convictions for littering.

Lorraine Morrison of Derrycoole Way in Rathcoole was found guilty of a littering offence.

Morrison, who did not appear in court, was fined £75 and ordered to pay costs of £104 at Laganside Magistrates’s Court on January 10.

And Colleen Macauley of Fernagh Parade pleaded guilty to allowing a dog she was in charge of, to foul in Threemilewater Park.

Macauley was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £101 at Laganside Magistrates’ Court on January 10.

Councillor Ken Robinson said the small number of convictions “did not tally with the huge number of complaints he had received”.

A number of councillors said littering, and in particular dog fouling, was a massive problem in and around the borough.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...