Both Councils worked with Keep Wales Tidy and North Wales Police to spread the message that dog fouling can be harmful to health and can have an adverse affect on the environment and the community during the Dogs Trust’s National Poop Scoop week.
A series of awareness raising campaigns have been held at Barmouth, Dolgellau, Criccieth, Pwllheli, Bangor, Bethesda and Llanfairpwll. Hundreds of free poop scoop packs were distributed to dog owners and officers were on hand to advise pet owners.
Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust CEO said:
“Dog fouling in North Wales is an issue Dogs Trust is determined to tackle and we hope Poop Scoop Week will reinforce the importance of picking up dog poo! It is encouraging to see so many dog owners do carry poo bags and unfortunately it is the irresponsible dog owning minority that are giving dogs a bad name.
“We want people to be able to enjoy the clean public areas of North Wales all year round and if everyone remembers the importance of picking after their dog we can make a big difference.”
Tony Burgess, Anglesey County Council’s Chief Environmental Health Officer said:
“Dog mess that has been left on the streets is repulsive, and is the source of a large number of complaints made to local authorities each year. Dog faeces carry harmful infections that can seriously affect humans, and may carry the eggs of a parasite that causes blindness in children.”
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s Senior Environment Portfolio Leader, added:
“It was very positive to see the two Councils and other partners working so closely to support the Dogs Trust’s annual campaign. This is an essential part of educating some dog owners of their responsibility for the health and wellbeing of others, as well as reminding them that failing to clean up after a dog in a public place is a criminal offence.”
Dog fouling offenders could face an on-the-spot fine of up to £75, or a fine of up to £1,000 if the matter is taken court.
A recent survey by Keep Wales Tidy revealed that dog fouling is a problem on 14% of Welsh streets on average. Both Councils are calling on members of the public to report persistent offenders and problem areas. Any information given will be treated with the strictest confidence.
To report and irresponsible dog owner in Gwynedd call 01766 771000 or visit the website www.gwynedd.gov.uk/do-it-online and click on ‘Report’.
To request a free Gwynedd Council Poop Clean Up Kit call 01766 771000