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Dog fouling reaches ‘epidemic’ proportions

DOG fouling in Sion Mills has reached “epidemic” proportions.

According to local community activist, Andy Patton, the scale of the fouling is so bad, it has gone beyond being a health issue.

“It’s more than that,” Mr Patton began. “It’s a disaster.”

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The local man says that the entire dog fouling problem comes down to people walking their pets, as, he noted, Sion does not have any stray dogs.

“It’s evening walkers and morning walkers, when they’re taking their dogs out for a walk,” he said.

“There’s no doubt about it, it’s the dog walkers who are to blame. They’re letting their dogs poo all over the place, even outside the local primary school. It’s an epidemic here at the minute.

Confronted

“On several occasions I have even confronted people after they’ve failed to scoop up their dogs mess. It’s got to the stage now that I even carry plastic bags with me in the car. Another time, after a woman didn’t pick up her dog’s mess, I lifted it and took it back to her. I put it down nicely on her front porch.”

He added, “This is a community problem but the only way we can solve it is as a community as a whole.”

Principal of Sion Mills Primary School Una McNelis outlined her support for a better community awareness of dog fouling.

“I’d certainly support Andy Patton in what he’s trying to achieve and discourage dog fouling, particularly around the school,” she said.

“Children sometimes pick up things without even thinking about it. It’s very important that the area is kept as clean as possible.”

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