Plaid leader urges tougher action against owners failing to pick after their dog

21/09/2018

Greater enforcement action and fines is being demanded by Plaid Cymru in Caerphilly against dog owners who do not pick up after their pets.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group on the county borough council, has made the plea following a response to an Freedom of Information request on dog fouling and staffing numbers.

The response revealed that the authority issued 69 fines for dog fouling in the last two financial years.

Councillor Colin Mann said: “Most, if not all, councillors receive complaints about dog fouling.  It’s one of the top areas of complaint. After all, no one wants to step out of their front door and see dog faeces on the floor or have to dodge it in the streets.  There is a serious issue with irresponsible dog owners allowing their pets to foul on sports pitches where youngsters play.  Our local club has to clear pitches before games due to this problem.

“New rules mean that dog owners are required to carry bags for disposal of dog poo or face a fine. The council has told me that the number of £75 fines issued since April has increased to 30 for dog mess and a majority were for not carrying bags.

“I welcome the increase in fines this year but what the Labour council needs to do is look at increasing enforcement action with additional staff, particularly as they’ve pledged to maintain frontline services.

“The majority of pet owners are responsible and need not worry about tougher action. But unfortunately there are a minority who refuse or are too lazy to pick up and they need to be hit hard with fines. The message needs to get out there loud and clear that Caerphilly will not tolerate the irresponsible dog owner.”

NOTES/NODIADAU

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

(1) As of August 2018 how many dedicated dog wardens does the council currently employ?

1.5

(2) What was the annual cost of employing dog wardens in 2016-17, 2017-18 and what is the budgeted amount for 2018-19?

2016/17 - £53,094.43 (Cost)

2017/18 - £52,343.04 (Cost)

2018/19 - £49,396 (Budget)

(3) How many fines were issued for dog fouling in 2016-17 and 2017-18?

2016/17 - 46

2017/18 - 23

(4) Please provide a ward by ward breakdown of where fines were issued for dog fouling in 2016-17 and 2017-18?

Provided by the council

(5) How many of those dogs fouling fines have been paid?

2016/17 - 41

2017/18 - 20

(6) How many, if any, prosecutions has the council taken out against individuals for dog fouling in each of the two years above?

0

(7) How many prosecutions for non-payment of dog fouling fines have been taken out in each of the two years above?

2016/17 - 7

2017/18 - 2