Dogs escape ban from Naas cemetery

NAAS Town Council may not have quite gone to the dogs but the councillors were exercised by a proposal to ban dogs from the cemetery.

NAAS Town Council may not have quite gone to the dogs but the councillors were exercised by a proposal to ban dogs from the cemetery.

Dogs – or what they leave behind them in the form of faecal matter and the unwillingness of some owners to clean it up – led to differences of opinion at a recent council meeting.

Some councillors objected to a move to keep dogs out, except guide dogs.

Cllr. Ger Dunne said if people had to leave dogs tied at the cemetery entrance instead the animals might be stolen.

“A lot of people go the cemetery with dogs and it wasn’t a problem in the past. People brings their dogs for a walk there,” said Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken.

Referring to dog dirt left around Naas, Cllr. Seamie Moore said “you’d think it was elephants who did it.” He was opposed to dogs being let in to the burial ground.

Town Clerk Ken Kavanagh supported the ban and said that dogs cannot be allowed out anywhere without a leash. “We’ve had complaints from people about people jumping up on them,” he said.

Although the stipulation banning dogs forms part of new bye-laws governing use of the cemetery it will not be rigidly enforced.