Dog mess disrupts rugby game
DOG mess on Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields disrupted a rugby match four times at the weekend, as a club bemoaned “careless” dog walkers.
Clwb Rygbi, which plays in East Central Division Two of the Welsh leagues, have been continually affected by dog fouling as the only rugby team to play on the fields in Cardiff city centre.
The referee was forced to halt play on four separate occasions during their clash with Llantrisant at the weekend.
Rhys Jones, general manager of the club, said: “It is a problem for us because we’re playing on park fields.
“When the kids are playing, or the senior sides, the ref often finds dog mess on the fields and has to stop play.”
The club has junior teams from under-sixes to under-16s, plus two men’s sides and a women’s team.
Mr Jones blames the dog walkers themselves for the issue and says the council has been helpful in trying to limit the problem.
He added: “It’s disgusting and it’s happened countless times. We used to play on Llandaff Fields but it’s definitely more of a problem now. Four times in one game on one field is totally unacceptable.
“When you’ve got 300 kids playing there on the same day, it’s not a problem you want to have. Kids could be blinded and people just need to collect it. It’s not difficult really. The dog walkers are the problem. They’re the only ones who can really change this.”
Cardiff council’s cabinet member for environment, Bob Derbyshire, said: “It’s gratifying that Clwb Rygbi recognise that we’ve been helpful in limiting this problem because we do actively remind dog owners of their responsibility to remove their pet’s excrement whilst walking their dog in our parks.
“As part of this campaign we have increased the number of dog faeces bins and ‘bag it and bin it’ stickers and signage.
“The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and act accordingly but unfortunately the message doesn’t seem to be getting through to a very small minority of irresponsible dog owners.
“But we will continue to work hard to get the message across using all measures available to us. One of these enforcement measures are on-thespot fines.”