Keep your dog out of the hospital grounds

4 01 2013

 Dalriada Hospital

Speaking after discussions with local residents, Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has hit out at dog owners who knowingly allow their dogs to foul in the grounds of Dalriada Hospital.

 The SDLP Councillor said “There are no excuses for this; owners are clearly making a conscious decision to access the grass areas within the hospital grounds. They obviously don’t care about the health risks to the general public”

 “The responsibility rests with the dog owners; they know they are breaking the law – I will be pushing for greater diligence from Council to monitor this situation and to administer the fixed penalty fines”

I appreciate that the majority of dog walkers behave responsibly however Council’s attitude has to become one of zero tolerance. Dog walkers must get into the habit of taking dog mess bags with them every time they go to walk with their dog.”

 Council officers tasked with enforcement need information from the public as to the time, date and location of dog fouling incidents a description of the dog and details of the dog owner, without this information the chances of an authorized officer catching the offender become reduced. 

  “The general public wants to see action and results on this issue, it is important that we work hard to improve things and enjoy safe and clean areas throughout the town”





Dog Fouling still a problem

27 10 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for an even tougher stance on dog fouling in the town.

 “With darkness descending earlier it appears that a tiny minority of dog walkers are using the cover of darkness to allow their dogs to mess the streets. I appreciate that the majority of dog walkers behave responsibly however Council’s attitude has to become one of zero tolerance. Dog walkers must get into the habit of taking dog mess bags with them every time they go to walk with their dog.”

 Council officers tasked with enforcement need information from the public as to the time, date and location of dog fouling incidents a description of the dog and details of the dog owner, without this information the chances of an authorized officer catching the offender become reduced. 

  “The general public wants to see action and results on this issue, it is important that we work hard to improve things and enjoy safe and clean areas throughout the town.”





Community want action on Dog fouling

1 03 2012

Dog fouling continues to be a big problem in Ballycastle. Councillor Dónal Cunningham stated that many residents are completely frustrated by what seems like a lack of progress.

Ballycastle is famous for its streetscape and litter free streets, this makes it all the more annoying that irresponsible dog owners are failing in their responsibility to clean up after their dogs.

Dog owenrs should always pick waste up and put it in the nearest litter bin. You can use any plastic bag and you can use any litter bin, including your black bin at home. If your dog is caught fouling in a public place and you fail to pick it up, you can be fined £50.

Dog owners should:
•carry a plastic bag or ‘poop scoop’ with them
•clean up every time their dog fouls
•teach their dog to go to the toilet in their own garden before you leave the house
•never let their dog onto the street to foul
As well as leading to dirty streets and unsafe parks, dog fouling can cause health problems in humans.
For example, toxocariasis, commonly caused by dog roundworms, can be spread to humans through contact with contaminated faeces.
The infection can enter the bloodstream and spread to the heart, liver, lungs, brain, muscles and eyes where it can cause damage, as well as breathing difficulties, asthma and, in some cases, blindness.





Cunningham hits out at dog fouling

19 09 2011

Speaking after discussions with some of the management and coaches from Ballycastle United Football Club, Dónal Cunningham has hit out at dog owners who knowingly allow their dogs to foul on the playing pitch at  the Quay Playing fields.

 The SDLP Councillor said “There are no excuses, the pitch is well fenced and owners are clearly making a special effort to access the pitch. They obviously don’t care about the health risks to the teams and players s many of them from underage teams”

 “The responsibility rests with the dog owners; they know they are breaking the law – I will be pushing for greater diligence from Council to monitor this situation and to administer the fixed penalty fines”