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No dog fouling fines in 2013

Friday, 24th January, 2014 11:50am

No dog fouling fines in 2013

There were no dog fouling offences recorded in Meath last year, according to new figures released by Meath County Council.

While the local authority issued more than 500 fines for personal litter or illegal signage, there wasn't a single fine issued due to dog fouling.

Dog fouling offences are policed by the county council's Department of Environment, and the maximum fine for such an offence is €3,000. Green Dog Walkers, a new programme to encourage dog owners to be responsible, was launched last summer by the council and aims at educating people and raising awareness of the problem of dog fouling.

Meath County Council issued 493 personal litter fines in 2013, and just 24 fines for illegal sign litter across the county. Of these, just 181 fines were paid, with €27,000 being collected by the council.

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