New bye-laws come into effect today to combat dog fouling problem in Louth
The bye-laws stipulate that anyone walking a dog in a public place must carry suitable receptacles to remove and dispose of the droppings immediately. They should also have a spare bag, or whatever else they choose to use, with them in the event of their pet going to the toilet a second time or more.
The bye-laws also stipulate that dogs be kept on a leash and under proper control at all times while in public areas.
According to Louth County Council plastic or paper bags or pooper scoopers are appropriate and should be available for inspection by an authorised officer on request. This means you could be asked to produce evidence of carrying something to clean up after your pet while out walking.
Anyone found to be breaching the new laws will face a €150 fine, with court proceedings to be issued if it goes unpaid where a fine of up to €1,900 can be imposed.
Full details of the new bye-laws can be found here.