|Man fined for not cleaning up after dog on beach|
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|Saturday, 15 September 2012 10:54|
Man fined for not cleaning up after dog on beach
A man has been fined £75 for failing to clean up after his dog on Pendine beach.
Council environmental enforcement officers were on patrol in the area following complaints of dog fouling from the community council.
A man was seen not cleaning up his dog’s mess and was issued with a fixed penalty notice as a result.
Failure to pay could result in prosecution in the magistrates court and a fine of up to £1,000.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones hopes the fine will help to get the message across that anyone caught not picking up after their pets will be fined.
He said: “Pendine beach is popular with families and children and dog mess left anywhere is a serious health risk.
“Most dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets; however, there is a small minority who do not and we will not hesitate to fine them.”
A major campaign is underway to clean up Carmarthenshire and residents are being urged to play their part and help the council catch those responsible for dog fouling.
Cllr Jones added: “One of the main reasons people do not clean up after their dog is because they think there isn’t a council officer watching; but if the message gets out that the general public can take direct action to report offences, dog owners are far more likely to behave responsibly.”
Enforcement officers will continue to carry pout patrols at Pendine beach.
To report dog fouling please call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567 or complete the online form at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk