Rugby Club Faced with Dog Fouling Problem

Fri, 04 Dec 2009

A Torfaen Rugby club has appealed to dog owners to clear up their pets mess after a series of problems with dog fouling. Blaenavon RFC has had to clear its pitch of animal faeces before every match and training session, while a recent match was halted three times by the referee due to dogs mess, Chairman Alan Jones revealed. A recent check prior to a game found 22 pieces of dog mess on the pitch, and Jones said the club was concerned about the potential health risk to players, especially the children who play. Vets warned last year that dog fouling posed a significant health risk, as there was a danger of toxacariasis spreading.

Torfaen council commented that the majority of dog owners in the area are responsible, but said there was a significant minority who allow their pet dogs to foul on the borough’s communal areas. Councillor Gwyneira Clark reminded residents that they faced a £75 fixed penalty notice if their dog was caught fouling, and warned that surveillance visits in Blaenavon had increased with 13 penalty notices handed out in the last six months.

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