Local councillors joined members of Moate Tidy Towns and the general public last week to launch The Green Dog Walkers initiative aimed at tackling the scourge of dog fouling in the town.
The initiative, in co-operation with Westmeath County Council, saw the installment of three dog fouling bag dispensers so that dog walkers will have easy access to a bag to clean up after their dog.
Through the initiative, people are asked to 'take the pledge to always clean up after their dog/s, carry extra doggie bags and gladly give a bag to anyone that needs one. In return the person is given a Green Dog Walkers hi-vis vest or Green Dog Walkers dog collar attachment that holds a roll of dog fouling bags. The hi vis vest or dog collar attachment make the person easily recognisable as a Green Dog Walker, spreading the message to more in the community.
Moate groups are working with Ruth Maxwell, Environmental Awareness Officer with the council's environment department, who has arranged for the provision of the dog fouling bag dispensers from the company Muttmitts Ireland.