Dog fouling is consistently one of the biggest issues raised to the Council by residents – and a unanimous verdict in favour of action was delivered in consultation earlier this year.
The Council took the message to be clear – residents want us to sort it out.
Sort **IT Out! dog fouling campaign
Awareness events for new dog fouling rules
A Public Spaces Protection Order, which will come into force during October 2017, will mean dog owners MUST carry suitable means to pick up dog mess, while dogs will be banned from ALL schools, play areas and marked sports pitches maintained by the Council.
There will be MORE enforcement officers out and about, and dog owners MUST follow any direction given by them. With MORE eyes on the ground, MORE offenders will be caught and prosecuted.
Sort **IT Out! gives a clear message to irresponsible dog owners – the Council takes dog fouling issues very seriously, and is putting more resources into catching the culprits.
Dog waste is not only unsightly and messy, it can have serious health implications for children and
adults alike, including toxocariasis.
Cabinet agrees tougher dog fouling measures
Toxocariasis is an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The parasite's eggs can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months or sometimes a lifetime. Symptoms include eye disorders, blindness, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and epileptic fits.
The campaign is being backed by Collin Smith who, at the age of 15 in 1979, suffered a compound leg fracture playing rugby in the Rhondda. The promising Wales under-15s player caught an infection from dog faeces on the playing field, causing his leg to be amputated below his knee.
What the Council is doing
Around 114 tonnes of dog mess is collected from the streets and bins of Rhondda Cynon Taf every year, while 1,000 bins for dog mess are located across the County Borough. Every year an additional 150 bins are installed in known hotspots across the County Borough.
The Council hands out more than two million FREE dog poo bags each year from some 180 collection points.
What happens next?
The new rules for dog owners will come into effect in October 1, 2017 - and more information about the Public Spaces Protection Order can be found here.
In the weeks leading up to this, the Council will carry out awareness-raising engagement sessions with residents to ensure they are fully-aware of the new rules.
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