Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2016

Clean up or pay up warning to dog owners

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 7th, 2016

Dog owners in the Llangunnor area of Carmarthen are being warned to clean up after their pets – or pay up. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The council’s environmental enforcement officers are stepping up patrols, particularly in the park, following complaints of dog fouling from the community council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anyone caught can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 or prosecuted through the magistrates’ courts where the maximum fine is £1,000. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Although the majority of residents take their responsibilities seriously, there is still a small minority who do not listen. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Dog mess can lead to the spread of diseases such as toxocariasis, which in extreme cases can cause blindness in children. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and those caught breaking the law will be prosecuted.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Owners are being encouraged to always keep a supply of bags near their dog’s lead so they don’t forget when they go out for a walk and dispose of it in a public litter bin or take it home if there is no bin nearby. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Residents are also being asked to help identify those responsible by contacting the council with as much information as possible including the time, date and location, a description of the dog and person in charge of the dog. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Jones added: “We are determined to stop the problem of dog fouling and improve the environment for both residents and visitors to Carmarthenshire.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

If you have any information in relation to dog fouling, please visit the website or call 01267 234567. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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