Dog Fouling in Athenry – It Stinks!
If you catch an owner blatantly ignoring their dogs ‘dump’ and walking away you can report them to the Community Warden (different to dog warden but that’s coming) and if you are willing to testify – that person will be prosecuted/fined and I believe you are awarded some costs for taking off work to go to court. (It might only take 10 mins in the courtroom). Similarly, if the Community Warden catches someone in the act of not cleaning up the dog ‘dump’, they will be fined on the spot.
If there are dogs wandering around off lead with or without an owner and the ‘Dog Warden’ happens to be driving by this is what you should expect: The dog will be apprehended by the dog warden and taken immediately to the pound. If the owner wishes to have their dog returned they can do so by paying a penalty, bed, and board for their pet and possibly vet fees.