Council steps up patrols to tackle dog-fouling in valley
A MAN could face a bill of up to £1,000 after he was caught not cleaning up after his dog in the Gwendraeth Valley.
The man from Porthyrhyd was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice by Carmarthenshire Council's environmental enforcement officers.
Failure to pay this could result in prosecution in the magistrates' court and a maximum fine of £1,000.
The county council has received a number of complaints about dog fouling in Porthyrhyd and Llanddarog, resulting in it setting up more patrols in the area.
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Executive board member for environmental and public protection Councillor Jim Jones said: "Dog fouling is a top priority for the council and we will not hesitate to prosecute those caught breaking the law in this way.
"Our enforcement officers carry out patrols across the county and we are asking the public to help us catch those responsible by reporting offenders as part of our Dog Watch scheme."
Last month it was revealed that dog fouling and other littering offences such as fly-tipping cost Carmarthenshire Council some £2.2 million a year.
Council chiefs said this was enough to pay for three new primary schools.