‘Focused patrols’ around parts of Wrexham are to be implemented following an increase in complaints about dog fouling in a number of villages.
In recent weeks there have been a number of complaints regarding an increase in dog fouling around certain areas of Wrexham – particularly in the Borras and Gwersyllt areas.
Last week Tim Edwards tweeted: “Enforcement officers needed in Gwersyllt. Come across 15 dog poos in one mile. Appalling dog ownership.”
Mike said: “The latest craze is bagging it and dropping the bag on pavement or hanging in hedges.”
Lindsay added that there were similar dog fouling issues in Ponciau – describing walk to school as ‘walking through a minefield’.
Dog owners also voiced their frustration with dog fouling problems in Wrexham, with Claire stating: “I hate this, it happens in Gresford a lot. It gives us responsible dog owners a bad name.”
Cat added: “I hate that. Why can’t people clean up after their dogs? We always do with ours. #lazypeople”
Earlier this week Wrexham.com were also alerted to a comment on Facebook, which noted that a child had slipped and fell in dog mess on the pavement in Borras during his walk to school.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We can confirm there have been increased reports of dog fouling in the Borras and Gwersyllt areas along with other parts of Wrexham, and officers will carry out focused patrols in both areas in a bid to discourage owners not picking up after their animals.”
“Wrexham County Borough Council is aware of the problem of dog fouling in many of its wards, which is why the Executive Board voted on December 8 to begin the process of a trial with a private environmental enforcement company which would help tackle the problem.
“We would encourage residents to call our contact centre and let us know about incidences of people not picking up after their dogs whenever possible, as this not acceptable.
“I am working with officers and we are hoping to have a new company in place by April.”
Council enforcement officers have the powers to issue a £75 fixed penalty notice if they are found not picking up after their dogs. The maximum penalty for committing an offence under a Dog Control Order is £1000 in court
Residents who have / are experiencing issues with dog fouling in the Wrexham area can call Contact Wrexham on 01978 292000.