Owners urged to become ‘Green Dog Walkers’ to help combat dog fouling
5 Jun 2019
Dog owners across Belfast are being encouraged to sign up to become ‘Green Dog Walkers’ as part of an innovative new initiative to tackle dog fouling.
The scheme, which involves dog owners pledging to clean up after their pooches and assist others to do the same, is part of a successful UK-wide community based campaign which aims to change attitudes and reduce dog litter.
Councillor Michael Collins, Chair of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, said: “Despite our ongoing campaigns about responsible dog ownership, dog fouling is still a problem across the city and it remains one of the most complained about issues within council.
“Not only is dog litter extremely unpleasant if you walk in it, it can be very dangerous to young children. The Green Dog Walkers initiative aims to highlight the issue and change the behaviour of irresponsible owners who don’t clean up after their dogs.
“Everyone who signs the pledge will receive a Green Dog Walkers’ lead which will help other dog walkers identify them. By signing the pledge, they are vowing to always clean up after their dog and also carry extra dog waste bags to give to other dog walkers where needed.”
Council staff in Green Dog Walkers T-shirts will be attending events across Belfast over the summer months to encourage dog walkers to sign up for the scheme.