RHUDDLAN is making further efforts to crackdown on dog owners not picking up mess.

Rhuddlan Town Council explained that one of the main causes of irritation to everyone, including many dog owners, is dog fouling in public places.

A spokesperson said: "Everyone has to share the same recreational space and there is nothing worse than having to constantly look for dog mess to prevent you or your children stepping or even falling into it.

"It is a real health hazard to leave it where it lies - on pavements, in parks and playgrounds and it is also against the law. Offenders can be fined up to £1,000."

Cllr Mike Elgin, mayor of Rhuddlan, recognises that most dog owners take responsibility for clearing their dog’s mess.

He added: "There are some people who have no regard for others, our environment and well-being of our residents. Dog bags are available from dispensers in Admirals Playing Field, Vicarage Playing Field, the River and the Nature Reserve. I want to thank our volunteers that keep these dispensers stocked up”

Dog faeces contains bacteria that can lead to serious health issues which can affect the liver, causing inflammation and symptoms such as abdominal pain. If bacteria reaches the eye, it can cause significant visual impairment and in severe cases even blindness.

A spokesperson for the town council said: "One very unfortunate individual, whose wound got infected by dog poo while playing rugby had to have a leg amputated.

"The risk can be reduced by picking up after your dog every time your dog makes a mess. Do not take dogs into parks that have children's playgrounds and within marked sports areas. Maximum fine is £1,000."

Dog fouling incidents can be reported to Denbighshire County Council for free on 0800 2300 234.