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Monday, November 28, 2016

County stresses importance of responsible dog owners

Denbighshire County Council is reiterating its message for dog owners to clean up after their animals.

The latest warning follows an incident where a child playing rugby on Cae Ddol fields in Ruthin managed to get dog mess on their gum guard, which could have had serious consequences for the child’s health.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: “ I am disgusted and disappointed by this lack of concern by certain dog  owners disregarding all the messages regarding the consequences of dog fouling on the health of our children. 

“The council has been running a campaign, educating and encouraging people to clean up after their animals. The majority of people do act responsibly and carry bags with them.

“However, there are some individuals who think it’s appropriate not to clear the mess.

“Dog mess is a blight on the landscape and is one of the key issues of concern raised by residents. There is also risk to people’s health and well-being and there are examples nationally of people losing or partly losing their sight after coming into direct contact with dog mess.

“Luckily in the Ruthin incident, the child did not suffer any reactions or lasting effects but it still would have been a very unpleasant experience for her and her family and the consequences could have been serious.

“We would urge everyone to be responsible and clean up after their animals."

* To report any problems with dog fouling, please visit: or phone 01824 706101.

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