'Clean up or pay' warning to pet owners in Llangunnor
Dog owners in the Llangunnor area of Carmarthen are being warned to clean up after their pets - or pay up.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers are stepping up patrols, particularly in the park, following complaints of dog fouling from the community council.
Anyone caught can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 or prosecuted through the magistrates’ courts where the maximum fine is £1,000.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Although the majority of residents take their responsibilities seriously, there is still a small minority who do not listen.
“Dog mess can lead to the spread of diseases such as toxocariasis, which in extreme cases can cause blindness in children.
“This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and those caught breaking the law will be prosecuted.”
Owners are being encouraged to always keep a supply of bags near their dog's lead so they don't forget when they go out for a walk and dispose of it in a public litter bin or take it home if there is no bin nearby.
Residents are also being asked to help identify those responsible by contacting the council with as much information as possible including the time, date and location, a description of the dog and person in charge of the dog.
Cllr Jones added: “We are determined to stop the problem of dog fouling and improve the environment for both residents and visitors to Carmarthenshire.”
If you have any information in relation to dog fouling, please visit the website or call 01267 234567.