Dog mess dis­rupts rugby game

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.”

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