Monday, January 09, 2012

Cllr P J McAvoy, Dog Fouling and Darkness

Ballymena Councillor MacAvoy, or "PJ" as he is affectionately known, is no stranger to trauma. In 2007 he was hospitalised for four days after being bitten by a mosquito. This was less than a year after he was forced to stay in hospital for 52 days after being struck down by a flesh eating bug!

Here at Dog Fouling and Red Rubber Bands, we are pleased to see that he is well and working for the people of Ballymena! This work now involves an attack on dog fouling. In launching his attack, PJ hits on two issues, which are well known on this blog.

CCTV has frequently featured in our reports. Indeed, references are too numerous to list here. One issue has been the proportionality of using CCTV to combat dog fouling. PJ has no qualms and is with us in a solid desire to eradicate dog fouling. As PJ puts it: "I have no hesitation in asking the town centre CCTV to monitor this problem".

The second issue is the darkness of winter. We recently saw that there has been an outbreak of dog fouling in Shetland as a result of the dark nights, see here, PJ reports that this appears to be happening in the early morning and late at night.

Once again, we see how dog fouling has universal causes and a steady, universal reaction. Full details can be read on the Belfast Telegraph here.

Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. As far back as 2006, Ballymena dog warden Nigel Devine revealed that dog fouling is seasonally affected. Nigel had even seen people pretending to clean up after their dogs as cars passed but, once they believed that they were no longer being observed, they simply walked on. Ballymena Times; "Poop in the Dark".

We can comfort ourselves with Nigel's closing observation from 2006: "They will have nowhere to hide come the brighter evenings".


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