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Derry councillors back new dog control plans

Just three fines were handed out in 2019 for dog fouling Credit: UTV

Derry City and Strabane District Council is planning on getting tough on dog mess, after councillors backed proposals for new dog control measures.

In the area, only three fines were handed out in 2019 - that's despite 580 complaints being made.

580 complaints about dog mess were filed in 2019 Credit: UTV

Plans include banning all dogs from council play parks, ensuring all dogs are kept on a lead in shared use parks, possible DNA testing of dog foul to indentify the offenders and appointing a council officer, who can request dog owners to put unruly pets on a lead.

New legislation for dogs is being proposed in Derry council Credit: UTV

While proposals have been backed, plans will need approval from the full council later this month.

It's hoped the new measures will help create a cleaner city and a safer space for both canine and companion.

Derry City Mayor, Michaela Boyle, shares how she lost sight in one eye as a child after accidentally touching dog faeces:

Eden Wilson explains the proposed dog control measures: