GONE TO THE DOGS: Thoughtless owners are taken to task

A major problem in Enniskillen

A major problem in Enniskillen

ENNISKILLEN has gone to the dogs – literally. A post on Facebook about dog fouling has received a huge response with many local residents complaining about how the streets throughout the town have become ‘a dog toilet’.
Silverhill Manor, the Round’O, Tempo Road and Castlecoole Road have all been identified as areas where the problem exists. Unthoughtful dog owners have been condemned for not picking up their dog’s fouling, leaving the streets dirty for other residents.
Rose Nolan, Enniskillen posted on Enniskillen family, friends and neighbours Facebook page saying, “The footpaths along Riverside and the path along the shore are covered in dog excrement. Dogs are let off the leash and just dump at will, despite the signs clearly advising that all dogs must be kept on leads. I don’t blame the animals at all; their owners should pick up the mess. It’s disgusting.”
The Council has committed to spending over £2 million on keeping the towns and villages of the district clean and tidy, but admits that dog fouling remains a constant problem despite the wide availability of bins.
“The Council conducts awareness raising activities in areas where dog fouling is a particular issue. These activities include leaflet drops and the erection of signage advising that if any person in charge of a dog fails to clean up after it they will be guilty of an offence.
Under the Dogs Order 1983 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2011 legislation, councils have powers to deal with issues such as dog control and dog fouling.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council takes the enforcement of this legislation very seriously and is committed to ensuring that it is implemented. Council officers conduct regular inspections throughout the Fermanagh and Omagh district.”
People who fail to clean up after their dog in a public place can face a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), imposing a fine of £75. Non-payment of a FPN could lead to prosecution, with the possibility of higher fines and the imposition of other penalties.

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