Garff Commissioners are asking dog owners not to take more poo bags than they need from dispensers in the area.

The authority says they’re an ’emergency’ option and it has had reports from residents of people taking ‘batches’ of the free bags as they walk past.

The commissioners say it’s disappointing but are ‘absolutely sure’ only a few people are taking them.

It says stocking the bags more regularly will have a cost to the ratepayers but is ‘committed’ to providing the service for residents.

The commissioners also says it has no plans to remove the bags at this time, saying that would be a ‘draconian’ measure.