Dog Fouling

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will shortly begin a public consultation process, following Cabinet’s approval, on what measures residents would like to see put in place to tackle dog fouling across the County Borough.

In October 2017, RCT Council was one of the first Local Authorities to introduce strict rules in terms of dog controls, when it put in place a Public Space and Protection Order (PSPO). As part of the forthcoming consultation the Council will now be seeking residents’ views on how successful they feel these stricter measures have been and whether they should remain in place.

The Consultation will begin on Monday 6th July and last for 4 weeks, ending on Monday 3rd August.

Residents wishing to take part can do so in a number of ways and full details will be announced on Monday.

  • There will also be an opportunity to join virtual public drop-in sessions on Wednesday 22nd July at 2pm until 3pm and 7pm until 8pm.

The response from the public to the current PSPO, which has been in place for 3 years has been overwhelmingly positive and, in an independent report produced by Keep Wales Tidy, dog fouling on RCT streets had reached an all-time low – with dog fouling being recorded on 9.6% of streets in 2019-20. This is only the second time since 2007/08, that dog fouling has been found on fewer than 10% of streets across the county borough. The report also remarks that “Animal faeces and glass have seen year on year improvements since 2016-17”.

The original PSPO, was based on the following rules being enforced:

  • Dog owners MUST clean up their dog mess immediately and dispose of it properly.
  • Dog owners MUST carry means to pick up dog mess (i.e. bags) at all times.
  • Dog owners MUST follow a direction from an authorised officer to put a dog on a lead.
  • Dogs are BANNED from all schools, children’s play areas and marked sports pitches maintained by the Council.
  • Dogs MUST be kept on a lead at all times in Council maintained cemeteries.

View the Public Spaces Protection order 2017

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) also introduced an increased fine of £100, which Enforcement Officers can issue for failure to adhere to any of the above.

A separate PSPO, for Aberdare Park only, was also introduced on October 1, 2017, and says that dogs must be kept on leads at all times in Aberdare Park.

County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: 

“During the current coronavirus pandemic, more and more residents have been utilising outdoor spaces for daily exercise and it is perhaps even more vital now than ever that dog owners take notice of the current PSPO rules, that are in place to keep our streets, fields and parks dog mess free.

“The PSPO has ensured that we have seen a marked reduction of dog mess across the County Borough, but the Council is still continuing to receive a small number of complaints around dog fouling on its streets and sports pitches, which is not only unsightly, but could lead to major health consequences at a time when NHS resources are already stretched – and I would ask residents to please think and act to ensure that these areas remain dog (waste) free.

“I know that dog fouling is a key issue for residents and I would encourage them to come forward to take part in this consultation so that we can continue to tackle the issue together by building on the success so far and come up with a plan for the years ahead.”

During these unprecedented times, the Council’s dedicated Streetcare team are continuing to do all they can to carry out their ‘normal’ enforcement duties and we would ask residents to help us where they can, by simply cleaning up after their dogs - just think Bag IT and Bin IT! Despite the national emergency, the Council will take action if necessary but we are calling on dog owners to act responsibly at all times.

The Council is also receiving reports of dog owners leaving their ‘doggy bags’ hooked on to bins, making them appear to be full, as owners do not want to touch the dog waste bin handles – where this is the case we ask that where possible, you take the ‘doggy bags’ home and dispose of them in your own black bag/wheelie bin waste – remember to wash your hands after doing so.

For more information or to take part in the consultation, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/DogFoulingConsultation

Posted on Friday 3rd July 2020

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