Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council wants to thank the public after hundreds of responsible dog owners signed up for its Green Dog Walkers Scheme.
The free-to-join initiative, launched last month as part of an ongoing campaign against dog fouling, has attracted almost 600 participants so far.
The national initiative aims to tackle the anti-social problem of dog fouling by supporting responsible ownership.
All those who sign up will receive a Green Dog Walkers pack which includes branded leads, collars and poo bags.
The scheme also encourages dog owners to act as ambassadors by sharing spare poo bags with people who might need one for their pet when out and about.
Welcoming the huge public support, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding, said: “It’s encouraging to see so many people willing to work in partnership with us to protect our environment and our communities from this hazardous and anti-social behaviour.”
“Due to the volume of interest and the ongoing restrictions on our workplaces due to the pandemic, we may not get all the packs out as quickly as we would like. However, I want to reassure anyone who has joined that you will receive yours in the coming weeks.
“I would like to once again thank all our responsible dog owners who already play their part by cleaning up after their dog. It’s not too late to get involved so if you’re a dog owner please pledge your support by signing up now.”
To become a Green Dog Walker email your name and address to email@example.com.
All those who sign up will receive a Green Dog Walker collar and lead for each licenced dog they own along with a keyring torch and approximately 50 branded poo bags.
Click here for more information about the scheme.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding (with dog Poppy) pictured at the launch of the Green Dog Walkers Scheme alongside Ben Callan, Enforcement Officer, (with dog Mayze) Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop, Ciaran Doran, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Mayoress Mrs Phyllis Fielding, (with dog Finn) Jeremy Callan, Enforcement Officer and Gail McGrellis, Enforcement Officer (with dog Harley)