Dog team acts on problem estate

Alderman Gareth Wilson with his message for dog owners. INPT38-008
Alderman Gareth Wilson with his message for dog owners. INPT38-008

There has been a clampdown on dog fouling and straying in Sinton Park, Tandragee, after complaints by families.

Twenty instances of fouling and 10 unlicensed dogs were identified in the housing development by the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council dog control team.

Cusher DUP representative Alderman Gareth Wilson, who was alerted to the ongoing problem and raised the issue on residents’ behalf, said families were concerned about dogs roaming the development and significant fouling in the area.

He welcomed the swift action by the dog warden team but also asked the council to continue to focus on the area and enforce better dog ownership.

He said, “It is concerning especially when residents are reluctant to let kids out to play due to the high amount of dog fouling in the area and the number of dogs allowed to roam the park freely. Families are obviously concerned about this and it does require a response.

“I raised these concerns with the council’s dog control team and they immediately focused on the area carrying out an information leaflet drop and cleaning up 20 instances of dog fouling and identifying 10 unlicensed dogs.

“That is a considerable piece of work and it does show that there is a dog problem in this area and it is directly related to irresponsible dog owners.”

Alderman Wilson added, “I have asked that council continue to focus on this area and use the powers available to them to enforce better dog ownership responsibilities.

“There are, of course, many responsible dog owners in the area but it only takes one or two irresponsible owners to cause great concern for local people.”