Dog poo warning in Swansea - clean up after your pets
DOG owners need to face up to their responsibilities and clean up after their pets, Swansea Council officers are warning.
The local authority has allocated £160,000 to tackling dog mess in the city and county as it looks to crack down on the problem.
As well as going towards enforcement officers, dog bins and clearing up dog mess, that money will also be spent on improving education and awareness.
Carl Humphrey, head of streetscene in Swansea, said: "We receive a lot of complaints from residents about the problem each year and that is why we have approved an additional £160,000 to improve education, enforcement and removal of dog waste.
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"Dog owners need to take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets and realise the effects that dog fouling has on local communities.
''We have installed over 500 dog mess bins in the city centre, at local parks and at our beaches, and are urging residents to use them or face paying £75 if they are caught."
Swansea Council has issued 21 fines for littering, including dog fouling, since April 2010.
Dog mess is regularly brought up as an issue at Pact meetings everywhere as an issue.
Neath Port Talbot Council has also been working to crack down on the issues of dog mess and littering.
A Port Talbot man was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling almost £900 after he tied bags of waste to a bridge over the peripheral distributor road.
He was also caught letting his dog mess on a grass verge.
Neath Port Talbot Council issued 80 fixed penalty notices to dirty dog owners during 2012.
Carmarthenshire Council issued 103 notices between April and November last year.
Meanwhile, in Penclawdd, Swansea, local councillor Mark Thomas, who is also a governor of the village school, said he wanted to prick the consciousness of mucky dog owners.
He suggested inviting the school to ask pupils to create signs reminding pet owners that the younger generation also used village footpaths.
He previously said: "You have got to prick their conscience."
Referring to Maes yr Haf in the area, he added: "What sort of people allow their dogs to foul where elderly people reside?"