It happens! ‘Bag It and Bin It’

By Dan Walsh

Wexford County Council together with, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford City and County Councils are supporting a new Anti-Dog Fouling awareness campaign asking dog owners to clean up after their dog. The campaign promotes a simple message… “Bag It & Bin It.

Cllr Ger Carthy, An Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council launched the campaign on Wednesday. In attendance on the day was Hugh Maguire, Environment Officer and Cabrini Desmond, Dog Warden, Wexford County Council. Cllr Carthy stated; There are some dog owners who do not clean up after their dog and some who clean up but leave the bag on a wall, tree or ground when nobody is watching. We believe that a relatively small proportion of dog owners behave in this way but it has a big impact on others who use our public spaces; children, walkers, wheelchair users, runners, ball players, etc. Whether you walk your dog on a street, in a park or on a beach, the message is simple… Bag It & Bin It.”

The campaign will run for the remainder of 2021 and is set to firmly emphasise that dog fouling is the responsibility of the dog owner. The campaign will address a range of issues surrounding dog fouling, from its effect on the public who use streets, parks and beaches, to attitudes to cleaning up as dog owners, from health issues to civic pride. The campaign will reach across social media, local newspapers, radio, community groups and schools.

Hugh Maguire, Environment Officer said; “We regularly receive complaints about dog fouling from around the county, ranging from owners not picking up after their dog, to those who bag it but leave it on a nearby wall or corner when nobody is watching or to those who simply look the other way as their dog fouls on a green area. The message to anyone who walks a dog could not be simpler… Bag It & Bin It. If you do not pass a bin on your walk home, then simply put the bag in your black bin when you reach your home. It may not be the most glamorous part of owning a dog, but it is part and parcel of it all the same. In this campaign we are asking all dog owners to Bag It & Bin It.

For further information please contact Cliona Connolly on 053 9196475 or email cliona.connolly@wexfordcoco.ie

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