Bigger fines call for pets' foul play
DOG owners who let their animals foul need to be hit with bigger fines to deter others, according to a Swansea Valley councillor.
The call comes with increasing problems with dog fouling in Clydach, according to the ward's councillor Paulette Smith, who says children's health is being put at risk with dog faeces being left over playing fields.
The issue has now affected Coed Gwilym Cemetery, leaving mourners confronted with mess. Councillor Smith said: "Owners who let their dogs off the lead are just not cleaning up after them.
"They have been fouling the graves, which is disrespectful as well as disgusting.
"It's the same in the park, and on Vadre RFC playing fields.
"You have 11-year-olds playing there, and it is just not safe, or right, for them to do so amongst all that muck. The health of children is involved.
"I know dog owners can't be everywhere, but if they have a dog it is their responsibility.
"I think it is time to employ £1,000 fines because it is totally irresponsible.
"To desecrate graves is just disgusting".
Swansea Council this month launched a new crackdown on dog fouling, as well as littering.
A new litter private sector enforcement team has begun patrolling the streets of Swansea, to work alongside its own litter teams.
The external enforcement company, 3GS, will be handing out fixed penalty notices to anyone caught throwing litter on the floor, and dog owners will also be handed a penalty notice if they do not clean up after their dog.
June Burtonshaw, council cabinet member for place, said: "Residents have told us they want us to tackle litter and dog fouling.
"Litter costs the council almost £3 million a year to clean up and dog fouling blights our communities.
"Bringing in an external company to help us tackle litter louts will send out a clear message that we are serious about litter."
Two additional litter collection teams have been recruited by the council as well as another council enforcement officer. Sixty extra dog mess bins have also been installed in the target areas of the city - Castle, Penderry and Townhill.
Coun Burtonshaw added: "If residents use litter bins and clean up after their pets then they won't need to worry about receiving a fixed penalty."