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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rugby star Rupert backs dog fouling campaign

* Rupert Moon and his dog Bach.

Former Wales rugby star Rupert Moon is lending his support to Denbighshire County Council’s campaign to tackle dog fouling.

Rupert, who is the General Manager of the Welsh Rugby Union’s North Wales Development Region, has spoken out against individuals who allow their dogs to foul on rugby and football pitches, putting the health of players at risk.

Himself the owner of a Golden Retriever called Bach, he said: “There’s nothing worse for players than having to check pitches before they play, worried there is dog mess on the field.

“We have even seen examples where matches have been postponed or abandoned due to the condition of the pitch. This is simply unacceptable and puts the health of all pitch users at risk.

“I applaud Denbighshire County Council for taking a tough stance on those people who allow their dogs to foul in public and wholeheartedly support this latest campaign.  

“Of course this is not an issue specifically for Denbighshire as we see this kind of situation repeated across the county.  As a dog owner myself I cannot understand how some people can be so inconsiderate and are willing to place others at risk."

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire’s Public Protection Manager said: “We are delighted to have received this kind of support from Rupert Moon.  

“Having someone with a proven track record in the world of Welsh sport lending his support will help us get the message out there that allowing dogs to foul in public is anti-social.

“It affects the quality of life for residents and having dog mess on public playing fields is simply unacceptable.”  To report incidents of dog fouling, please call the Council on 01824 706101.

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