Page last updated on 29/6/2011
Carmarthen dog owner fined £75
A DOG owner has been fined £75 for failing to clean up after his pet near Traveller’s Rest in Carmarthen.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers issued the fixed penalty notice following complaints from residents.
Failure to pay could lead to prosecution in the magistrates court and a maximum fine of £1,000.
Residents had complained to their local member Cllr Alan Speake about the amount of dog fouling in the area from Llanllwch to Traveller’s Rest.
The information was passed on to the environmental enforcement section so that action could be taken.
Officers have stepped up patrols and although there were already two litter bins in the area, they have now arranged for another bin to be installed.
Cllr Alan Speake thanked the officers for dealing with the problem so quickly.
“This is quite an anti-social habit allowing a dog to foul in quite a pretty area and of course if it isn’t tackled quickly it will soon be on the increase.
“A lot of young people cycle along the footways and people exercise by jogging from Johnstown, as it is quite safe to do so. Mums also take their children for walks up to the showground around the pond - several with pushchairs.”
The council is working hard to tackle the problem of dog fouling and enforcement officers regularly carry out patrols across the county.
Executive board member for the environment Councillor Philip Hughes said: “Dog mess left anywhere is a serious health risk; it can lead to the spread of diseases such as toxocariasis, also known as dog roundworm, which may cause ill health to children.
“Dog owners are reminded of their responsibility to clean up after their dogs and to dispose of this mess in a responsible manner.”
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.
Councillor Hughes added: “The council is determined to stop the problem of dog fouling in Carmarthenshire and improve the environment for both residents and visitors.”
If you have any information regarding dog fouling please call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.