A new Dublin-wide campaign has been launched to stop dog fouling, although there is criticism that the rules aren't being enforced with just 12 fines for dog fouling last year.
30,745 dog licences were issued by the four Dublin local authorities in 2012.
People are being urged to report any dog owners they see not cleaning up to a new hotline, and a doctor is warning that dog faeces can cause blindness in children if they come into contact with it.
The four mayors in the Dublin region came together today to launch the new campaign. The fine if you don’t clean up is €150, or up to €1,900 if you end up in court.
The Fingal Mayor Kieran Dennis says it’s one of top five complaints people make to him - but he claims the rules aren’t being enforced.
"It's pathetic. 12 fines for the whole of the whole of the Dublin region? It's absolutely pathetic."
"I came in here on the train this morning, I saw two people walking along the canal, their dogs were behind them [fouling] the footpaths."
Citizens can now call 1800 251 500 to report dog fouling to the new hotline.