Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has again shown it will not tolerate dog fouling after a resident was successfully prosecuted for the offence.
Earlier this year, the Council consulted residents over a proposal to introduce a range of measures under a Public Spaces Protection Order, to clamp down on dog fouling and irresponsible owners.
The issue has been regularly raised by residents, and Cabinet Members agreed to formally obtain residents’ views during a four-week consultation in February and March 2017.
Options include a requirement that dogs are kept on leads in Council play grounds and cemeteries, a requirement for owners to carry bags to pick up dog mess, a prohibition excluding dogs from Council schools and marked sports pitches, and an increase in the maximum penalty from £75 to £100.
And, while Cabinet Members will consider the consultation results shortly, the Council has shown its tough stance on the issue by prosecuting an offender.
Vanessa Thompson of Pen Dinas Flats, Tonypandy, was found guilty of dog fouling at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court on May 24. In her absence from Court she was fined £440, ordered to pay £150 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.
Nigel Wheeler, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Director for Highways and Streetcare Services, said: “The Council is committed to tackling the issue of irresponsible dog owners, and this successful prosecution again shows that the Council takes dog fouling offences very seriously.
“Residents were consulted over a wide range of proposed additional measures to further tackle the problem. They range from new rules on where dogs are prohibited and where they must be kept on leads, to a bigger maximum fine and a requirement for owners to carry bags while walking their dogs.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council collects more than 110 tonnes of dog mess from bins and streets every year, and provides more than 1,000 specific bins near dog walking routes to make it as easy as possible for dog owners to act responsibly. Poo bags are also given away for free at more than 100 locations across the County Borough.
For more information about the Council’s dog fouling consultation, visit http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/GetInvolved/Consultations/CompletedConsultations/DogFoulingConsultation.aspx.
Posted on Wednesday 14th June 2017