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Dog foul disposal bags - disposed of by Council

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lisa.gregg@thechronicle.uk.com

CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens Borough Council have confirmed that they no longer supply dog foul disposable bags at the Sheskburn Centre or any other Council Office in the Borough.

Whilst this wasn't practice in all Council areas, dog walkers in Ballycastle could avail of the service until recently.

A local dog owner recently posted on social media, making other pet owners aware that this was no longer an option, provoking mixed responses from others'.

One dog owner said surely it was the owners' responsibility to carry bags to dispose of their own dog's foul, but agreed it was handy to have a 'back up' supply from Council if needed.

A Council spokesperson said: “All responsible dog owners should carry sufficient disposable bags with them at all times to clean up after their dogs.

“Bags containing dog foul can be placed in any litter bin or your black grey bin at home for proper disposal. It was practice in some legacy Councils to provide dog foul disposal bags at certain locations.

“However due to abuse of this service and in line with other legacy areas, an operational decision has been made to discontinue this offer.

“It remains an offence for dog owners not to clean up after their dogs, for which a fixed penalty of £80 may be issued or a fine of up to £1000 applied by the Magistrates Court. Council would urge all dog owners to be responsible at all times and leave the environment clean for all to enjoy.”

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