Council in 'scoop the dog poop' warning
A 'zero tolerance' approach is to be adopted towards dog fouling by the new Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
The council says it will be carrying out a dog fouling blitz throughout April, taking immediate action against irresponsible dog owners.
Dog warden patrols will be increased in response to complaints and anyone who fails to 'scoop the poop' will be automatically hit with a £50 fixed penalty fine.
Councillor Brian Hanvey, chair of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's Environmental Services Committee, said the vast majority of dog owners and walkers in the area are responsible and clean up after their pets.
"However, it is the small minority of owners and walkers who persist in letting their dogs foul in parks, on footpaths and in rural areas that the council wish to target and fine," he said.
The council wants members of the public to report irresponsible behaviour by calling 028 9250 9394.