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Rhondda takes new steps on dog dirt
Rhondda has installed 100 dog foul bins across the county borough and provides dog waste bags for free, but many owners are not using them, the council said today.
Now a number of communities are being targeted in early morning investigations by enforcement officers.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Frontline Services Cllr Anthony Christopher said:
Dog owners who let their animals foul and dont clean up after them dont seem to care about the consequences. Its time for them to realise that we will no longer tolerate this behaviour and we will fine them.”
High-profile surveillance has involved officers specifically targeting places where dog fouling is causing a major concern to residents.
The series of investigations has concentrated on Tonyrefail, Trallwn, Ystrad, Treorchy, Ynyshir, Mountain Ash, Hirwaun and Trecynon. Some of the locations included local parks and playgrounds where dog fouling is most prominent.
Officers have spoken to dog owners walking their pets and kept a close look out for any strays wandering the area, paying particular attention to where they live at so the owners can be warned of the implications of not cleaning up after their animal while letting them stray.
The investigations follow a controversial new publicity campaign to highlight the problems caused by dog-fouling across Rhondda Cynon Taf which was launched earlier this year.
The high profile campaign included posters showing a small child picking up dog mess, with the slogan Children will put anything in their mouths. Dog owners are warned on the posters to clean up after their pets or face a 75 fine.
The campaign is the latest stage in Rhondda Cynon Taf Councils drive for a mess-free RCT and reinforces the work undertaken by the Councils Streetcare enforcement unit which was launched in April last year to tackle environmental crime such as litter, dog fouling and fly posting.
The unit has a dedicated enforcement team who work to reduce environmental crime and raise public awareness and provide a visible presence on the streets. Wardens will issue Fixed Penalty Notices for anyone they spot letting their dogs foul.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Frontline Services Cllr Anthony Christopher said: Dog mess is not only unpleasant but it can cause serious health problems, such as eye diseases, if children come into contact with it.
We have installed 100 dog foul bins across the county borough and are planning to install more. We also provide dog waste bags for free, but weve all seen people who dont use bags and bins when they are out walking their pets.