Family slams dog mess plaguing school walk

By Cambrian News reporter in Environment

A DAILY school walk for the Brown family of Newcastle Emlyn is getting to be a bit of an agility course, having to side step dog mess on their journey, and they’ve had enough.

Every morning, dog lover Sadie Brown walks her six-year-old twins, Riley and Noah, to school, but it’s getting to be a dirty trip.

Sadie, along with many other responsible dog owners in Newcastle Emlyn, is up in arms over the dog mess left in and around the castle grounds and the town itself and is demanding that the powers that be take control.

“As a mum I’m disgusted that people take their dogs for a walk without a poo bag. The amount of times my children have stepped in dog mess on the way to school is unbelievable. Action must be taken. People are so selfish and it just isn’t on,” said Sadie, who has three small dogs called Tui, Mimi and Mali.

Carmarthenshire County Council executive board member for environmental and public protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “There are signs around the county warning the public. The fine is £100 for dog fouling reduced to £50 if the fine is paid within 10 days.

“We have officers who tackle people who don’t clear up their dog mess, but we have limited resources with only four teams covering the whole of Carmarthenshire.

“Since September 2016 we are now able to enforce anywhere where the public have access, so landownership is no longer an issue."

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