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Council tackles dog mess problem

19 June 09 12:12 GMT

A council is joining forces with a animal charity in a crackdown on dog mess, and warns pet owners could face a £75 on-the-spot fine.

Ceredigion council and the Dogs Trust said a minority of owners were giving dogs a "bad name".

The authority said it received a lot of complaints, adding that it was "determined to tackle" the problem.

In recent months concerns have been raised about the state of a cycle path and an area used by children.

The council said its officers and Dyfed-Powys Police would work together as well over the issue.

The worst affected areas are to be given special attention, and it is hoped this will shame dog owners who break the law into changing their behaviour.

'Summer strolls'

The chief executive of Dogs Trust Clarissa Baldwin said: "If every dog owner fulfils their duty, we can all look forward to summer strolls and picnics in parks, free from the worry of dog poo."

Councillor Gethin James, who has responsibility for the environmental services on Ceredigion council, added: "It is important that we continue to do everything in our power to tackle dog control issues in order to ensure that a small, selfish minority of people are not allowed to spoil the environment for the rest of us."

The council said dog owners breaking the law could receive £75 on-the-spot fines.

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