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Belfast ratepayers demand clampdown on dog fouling

Belfast ratepayers want the city council to get tough on dog owners who don’t clean up after their pet.

That’s the conclusion of market research, conducted by MORI, which was carried out on behalf of Belfast City Council and revealed that the public believe that fining irresponsible dog owners is the only way of cleaning up our streets.

The council yesterday launched the next phase of its campaign to remind dog owners of the importance of removing dirt left by their pets.

It is specifically asking the public to help them target repeat offenders.

Councillor Pat McCarthy, chairman of the council’s health and environmental services committee, said: “Dog fouling is one of the things we get the most complaints about, but unfortunately, when people contact us they don’t give us much to go on.”

Mr McCarthy said more information is needed and said quite often it is the same people not cleaning up after their dog.

The public can call 028 9027 0431 or email dogwardens@belfastcity.gov.uk to report dog fouling in their area.

They are asked to, if possible, provide information on the kind of dog, the time of day it usually happens and a precise location, as well as any other details that they think may help.

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