Dog fouling needs to be tackled by wardens in Naas

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Paul O'Meara

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Dog fouling needs to be tackled by wardens in Naas

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More dogs wardens need to be appointed to tackle the problem of pet owners who allow their dogs to use public areas an an open air toilet.

“This is something which residents are complaining about in Naas, Johnstown, Kill and Sallins. Some dog owners leave their dogs out at night or early in the morning deliberately to go to the toilet and they don’t bother to clean up after them,” according to local councillor Fintan Brett.

He wants Kildare County Council to use dog wardens to target places where people walk so that action can be taken against the owners.

“Some areas are experiencing particular difficulties with dog walking. It sometimes seems that the owners with the bigger dogs are the worst offenders,” he said.

“We need to be able to bring these people to court or fine them on the spot.” Pointing out that there are only a couple of designated dog wardens working within county Kildare, he wants more appointed or else have the existing community wardens take action. There are areas, sometimes in front of houses, which are known as places where owners bring their pets, often very early or late.”