Your Dog Your Job

In recent months dog fouling has become an issue on a small area of open land at the junction of Cherryvalley and the Knock Road. Dog walkers regularly use this area to exercise their animals however more and more owners are simply dumping dog waste in plastic bags as they leave.

RACKS took the issue up with Belfast City Council asking that a dog waste bin be placed on the footpath adjacent to the exit of this land as a solution.

Belfast City Council inspected the area and advised RACKS that two rubbish bins where already located in the area. One located outside Marie Curie on Kensington Road and the other at the junction of Cherryvalley Park and Kensington Road.

RACKS don’t believe that bins located elsewhere in the area is necessarily the solution to this problem.

Transport NI the owners of the land will not supply a bin on the land as that requires them to manage it. Belfast City Council will not supply a bin at the gate as they believe two bins located elsewhere in the area is enough.

Our advice to Dog Owners

Always pick up of waste and put it in the nearest bin. You can use any plastic bag and any litter bin, including your black bin at home. Don’t put dog waste in your blue or brown bin as this can contaminate them.

If your dog is caught fouling in a public place and you fail to pick it up, you could be fined £80. If you don’t pay your fine, this matter can be taken to court where the fine could increase to up to £1,000.

You can help the Council clamp down on dog fouling by reporting it:

Call:  028 9027 0431

Email:  dogwardens@belfastcitycouncil.gov.uk