More than 50 dog own­ers fined af­ter tough new rules in­tro­duced

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

MORE than 50 dog own­ers across Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) have now been fined £100 as part of the coun­cil’s tough new rules.

It comes af­ter RCT coun­cil in­tro­duced its Pub­lic Spa­ces Pro­tec­tion Or­der in Oc­to­ber and, as of De­cem­ber 5, a to­tal of 53 own­ers have al­ready been fined £100 – more than one per­son a day.

The fines have been handed out for new of­fences in­clud­ing that they must carry a bag to pick up their dog’s mess and that the an­i­mals are banned from all chil­dren’s play ar­eas, schools, and pitches main­tained by the lo­cal author­ity.

The rules are as part of the coun­cil’s Sort **IT Out cam­paign, which came into force on Oc­to­ber 1, al­though for the first 20 days en­forcers were in­structed to raise aware­ness rather than hand out fines.

But since Oc­to­ber 20 a to­tal of 53 fixed penalty no­tices have been handed out for the of­fences, which also in­clude that own­ers must clean up mess “im­me­di­ately”, dis­pos­ing of it prop­erly.

Nigel Wheeler, the coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of high­ways and street­care ser­vices, said: “The new dog foul­ing rules and in­creased max­i­mum fine of £100 were in­tro­duced by the coun­cil on Oc­to­ber 1 fol­low­ing a call to ac­tion by res­i­dents dur­ing an ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion car­ried out ear­lier this year.

“The coun­cil has now is­sued more than 50 fines across Rhondda Cynon Taf show­ing that con­tin­ued ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour by dog own­ers will not be tol­er­ated.

“In­stead of is­su­ing fines we would much rather see dog own­ers act re­spon­si­bly by clean­ing up dog mess and avoid­ing pro­hib­ited ar­eas such as marked sports pitches and chil­dren’s play ar­eas.”

Mr Wheeler also said the lo­cal author­ity had in­stalled dozens more red bins to make it eas­ier to dis­pose of dog mess.

He added: “More than two months have passed since the dog foul­ing rules came into force and they have been clearly pro­moted by the Sort **IT Out! cam­paign so there is no ex­cuse for dog own­ers caught act­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly.”


Since Oc­to­ber 20 a to­tal of 53 fixed penalty no­tices have been handed out for the of­fences

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