The Vale of Glamorgan Council is launching a public consultation on new proposals to get tough on rogue dog-walkers who don’t bother to bag-up excrement deposited by their pets.
Under the scheme, anti-social dog walkers who leave their dog’s germ-laden poo lying on the ground in public spaces or on beaches would face on-the-spot fines of £100 a time.
The proposed new three-year “public spaces protection orders” (PSPOs) would be imposed in designated areas requiring dog-owners to not only clean up after their animals but also keep them on a lead at all times.
The protection orders could result in an outright all-year-ban on dogs in some areas including the beaches at Barry Island and possibly Penarth where dogs are currently banned only during the summer months . Any dog-owners who don’t pay-up will find their fines rocketing to £1,000 .
The Vale Council has told MediaWales “Despite several educational interventions, such as the Dogs are Clever campaign, there continue to be issues across the Vale of Glamorgan with some irresponsible dog owners, specifically where dog faeces is not being removed.
The council says “We know that the majority of dog owners are responsible, however there is still a minority of people who do not take full responsibility for their animals and ignore the council’s byelaws. Dog faeces that is not removed poses a health risk known as toxocariaisis.”
Public Service Protection Orders were introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act of 2014 with the aim of tacking persistent anti-social behaviour in public spaces. They would replace the existing byelaws and regulations.
Disabled people who are have limited mobility and who physically can’t stoop to pick up their dog’s dirt won’t be subject the new orders . Those who are partially-sighted, registered blind or have impaired hearing would also not be subject to the orders . Police dog-handlers would be exempted.