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Karen Mitchell made her call after one disgusted Trinity Drive resident contacted her to complain about the “13 blobs of dog poo” she encountered walking to work in the town center from her home.
"Every morning it seems to be getting worse. It's ridiculous trying to zig-zag up the footpath,” the resident said.
Commenting on the minority of irresponsible dog owners, the resident said, "They are disgusting. It's not the dog’s fault, it's the owners. I think they should put cameras up around the town and catch them and make them go and lift it!"
When this resident made Mitchell aware of the situation, workers had to be sent out to clean up the mess. Mitchell reports that in January and February there was an increase in the number of complaints the council received.
"I would like to warn offenders that CCTV may very well be on the route you walk your dog in the coming days, weeks and months. When you are caught you will be able to tell the resident magistrate in the courthouse why you find it necessary to leave your dogs mess behind for others to clean,” Mitchell said.
The Ballymoney Chronicle
A FIVE-year-old boy was saved from possible death after two brave Sligo students pulled him from the clutches of an attacking dog.
The boy was taken to nearby Sligo Regional Hospital suffering from head injuries after being attacked by the large Japanese Akita while on his way to St. Edward’s NS on a recent morning.
Two IT Sligo students who were walking nearby rushed to save the young boy. One of them kicked the dog away while the other pulled the injured boy to safety.
The dog ran a little way over Clarion Road towards IT Sligo. There he jumped up on the back of a girl student from the college. Again another student fought off the angry animal.
By this time Gardai had been called and four officers were quickly at the scene. One of them made an emergency call to Sligo dog warden Anthony McDaniel who arrived within 10 minutes.
He said that when he got there the injured boy had been taken to hospital and the girl student was in a distressed state. The dog was still loose on Clarion Road between IT Sligo and Ballinode College.
Carrying his dog pole snatcher, McDaniel made his way towards the animal. “He ran straight towards me and lunged at me. I managed to get him into the snatcher as he jumped towards me,” he said.
McDaniel said the dog was so strong he had difficulty getting him into his van. He praised the courage of the students who fought off the dog as he attacked the young boy and the girl.
The gardai identified the dog’s owner. “The owner surrendered the dog to us and I took him to a vet who put him to sleep. It was a very traumatic morning,” McDaniel said.
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