The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011 became law in Northern Ireland in April 2012 and introduced a number of new powers for district councils to deal with environmental issues. The Clean Neighbourhoods legislation part 5 refers to the use of Dog Control Orders to deal more effectively with irresponsible dog ownership. These Orders introduce certain additional controls over dogs in public places and aim to deal more effectively with dog fouling, nuisance dogs and the protection of children and others using our public spaces and facilities.
Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place. Registered blind people are not required to clean up after their guide dogs. Most local councils require dog owners to carry a poop scoop and disposable bag whenever they take their dogs out to a public place. Look out for bins marked as dog bins to dispose of your dog bag.
For further information on the council’s Dog Control Orders, please visit http://www.colerainebc.gov.uk/show.php?id=396