Monmouthshire County Council worked in partnership with other public bodies to hold a dog fouling awareness day recently.  The council’s environmental health and waste & street cleaning teams, as well as town and community councils and the police continue to raise awareness of the anti-social nature of fouling through the Give Dog Fouling the Red Card initiative.

This latest awareness day focused on the south of the county, and in particular Caldicot, Portskewett, Magor and Rogiet, with council and police officers, local councillors and residents discussing the matter with dog owners, handing out free dog poo bags and erecting signs.

Similar awareness events have been held in recent years and efforts appear to be appreciated, judging by feedback from dog walkers encountered.  Dog fouling though continues to be one of the most frequently reported and contentious environmental issues and while the areas visited were generally clean, hotspots still remain.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health, Councillor Sara Jones said: “We appreciate the notable improvements in many areas of the county in recent years with more and more dog owners picking up their dogs’ mess.  Our focus needs to remain on this issue though as reports of incidents continue, particularly in children’s playgrounds and our sports and leisure areas.  These are particularly concerning.  Our awareness days serve a purpose in reminding all of the importance of the simple message – bag it and bin it.”

Local authorities and Gwent Police are empowered to issue fixed penalty notices and owners failing to pick up their pet’s excrement face a £75 on the spot fine.  If the person refuses to pay, and the case is taken to court the offender may be fined up to £1,000.  Dog owners failing to pick up can be easily reported to the council via: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/home/streets-parking-and-transport/recycling-and-waste/dogfouling/