Only one fine issued to dog owners who leave dog litter on path in 2020

Only one fine has been issued so far in 2020 for dog owners who leave poo on the path in Dublin city in 2020.

Cllr Colm ORourke, a Dublin City Councillor, asked the Council to provide the number of fines issued for dog fouling across Dublin City for each year between 2015 - 2020.

The information released to Cllr ORourke shows that the one fine issued so far in 2020.

Last year, there weren't any fines issued.

This is in comparison to 4 fines in 2018, 24 in 2017, 84 in 2016 and 28 in 2015.

The Council also stated to that due to Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, Litter Wardens are not actively patrolling public areas to monitor dog fouling as this would involve close contact with dog owners.

Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 states that it an offence for the person in charge of a dog not to clean up when their dog fouls in a public place.

Cllr.ORourke said:

Dog fouling continues to be a big issue in the areas I represent and it is something that residents really want to be tackled.


A lot of residents have told me that they have seen a huge increase of faeces on footpaths and in parks in the last year.

''We know from various animal welfare organisations that there has been an increase in the demand for dog fostering and ownership during the Covid-19 lockdowns, so perhaps there are more in public places.

I think that the main reason why there is so much faeces on paths and in parks comes down to ignorance from some owners and handlers who unfortunately continue to ignore that it is an offence to allow a dog under their control to foul a public place.

''I appeal to owners and handlers to please clean up after their dog.

With less things to do during 2020 because of Covid-19, more people are out and about in the fresh air and taking walks. People should be able to enjoy parks and open spaces without having to dodge dog dirt.

I am confident that increased detection and stricter enforcement would help with this problem. I also think that there should be more public bins in areas where they are lacking but I really do believe that stricter enforcement is the key and I am calling on Dublin City Council to ensure that this happens.