Dog mess tree ‘blos­soms’ in protest over pet foul­ing

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Christie Ban­non @christieba­n­non_ christie.ban­[email protected]­ 01792 545522

A TREE with dog mess bags dan­gling from its branches has ap­peared in Burry Port.

The ‘dog poo blos­som tree’, which is in the wood­lands where many peo­ple walk their dogs, is thought to have ap­peared in protest at dog foul­ing in the area.

A num­ber of bags were spot­ted hanging from the branches of the tree with a framed sign un­der­neath read­ing: “Dog poo blos­som tree. Aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing with a dis­tinc­tive po­tent aroma.

“Gen­er­ally found along­side foot­paths in ar­eas of nat­u­ral beauty.”

Lo­gos for both Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil and the Wales Coast Path fea­ture on the sign, but it is not known who is be­hind it.

A sign has also been placed on a nearby sign­post with a pic­ture of a per­son dodg­ing a flying dog mess bag, with the warn­ing: “Be­ware poo bag tossers” writ­ten un­der­neath.

The wood­land area is a pop­u­lar spot for walk­ing where many res­i­dents take their dogs and is also one of a num­ber of un­re­stricted and cur­rently free lo­ca­tions where the coun­cil is propos­ing to in­tro­duce park­ing charges.

Coun­cil­lor Philip Hughes, ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for en­force­ment, said: “It’s clear that lo­cal peo­ple have had enough of ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers who not only refuse to clear up af­ter their dogs, but have to­tal dis­re­gard for com­mu­ni­ties and fel­low res­i­dents.

“We sym­pa­thise com­pletely with the per­son who has gone out of their way to raise aware­ness of this dis­gust­ing is­sue.

“Just re­cently we have had tar­geted pa­trols in the Burry Port and Pem­brey area, and have is­sued fixed penalty no­tices to a num­ber of ir­re­spon­si­ble peo­ple.

“We have also been rais­ing aware­ness through the press and our so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

“Bagged dog waste can be placed in any bin or taken home and dis­posed of with house­hold waste, just bag­ging it, then leav­ing it on the ground or hanging from branches is littering.

“There re­ally is no ex­cuse – if you have a dog, you know that you are re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing up af­ter it.”

Pic­ture: By­ron Wil­liams

A dog waste bag tree has ap­peared in Burry Port, along­side a num­ber of signs protesting about dog own­ers that don’t pick up af­ter their pets.

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