More than 50 dog owners fined after tough new rules introduced
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