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Council issue a fine a day for dog poo in last four months…but what about the horses?

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Council issued a fine a day for dog fouling and litter offences across the borough in the last four months.

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has actively been trying to stomp out dog owners leaving their messes on the streets and pavements.

And enforcement officers were dishing out the fines over summer, which hit the wallet of owners, at a cost of £80.

A Council spokesperson said: “As a council we are dedicated to ensuring our Borough is a clean and safe place to live, work and visit.

To help us achieve this, from April to July 2019 our Environmental Health department issued 138 Fixed Penalty Notices for dog related and littering offences.

“We will be issuing regular updates outlining our ongoing work in combating environmental offences through the issue of Fixed Penalty Notices and other enforcement measures and campaigns.”

Meanwhile, residents in Hamiltonsbawn were left less than impressed by a trail of poo down the main street (pictured inset) last week.

One resident, posting the image of horse excrement, said: “Something else to avoid walking down Hamiltonsbawn street.”

She added: “It use to be only dogs poo, now it is horses as well; started to walk them on the footpath, no thought that people have to walk on or push pushchair on them. Who cleans this up and when?”

Commenting on the issue, Cusher DUP Councillor Gareth Wilson, stated: “I have reported this issue through to Council for cleaning up and hopefully this can be done.

“However if horses are on a footpath it would be important that an owner does come back after any walk to clean up mess as it’s public footpath and as the picture illustrates, it makes it difficult for pedestrians or prams to get past it.”

Dog (or horse) fouling can be reported by calling 0300 0300 900 and completing a confidential report.

You will be asked for your name and address, contact details, the date, time, location and details of the offence.

The offender will not be told who made the report but the information may help Council to follow up the complaint and issue fixed penalties.

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