Dog fouling and controlling dogs in public places

Carmarthenshire is a dog-friendly county with a selection of walks and miles of golden, sandy beaches to enjoy with your four-legged friends. The majority of dog owners act responsibly by cleaning up after their pets and keeping them under control in public places.

However, we do get complaints of dog fouling and of nuisance behaviour from dogs that are not under proper control.

We have introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to give us greater flexibility in tackling irresponsible dog owners and incidents involving dogs. Some replace existing powers while others are new.

Public consultation showed that 98% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with an order for owners to clean up after their dogs; 89% agreed or strongly agreed with an order to put dogs on leads if directed to do so and 87% agreed or strongly agreed with an order to exclude dogs from children’s play areas.

The order includes:

  • Cleaning up after your dog 
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Dog exclusion

Exemptions
There are some exemptions for people with disabilities and for working dogs.

Fines
If you fail to comply with the PSPO you are committing a criminal offence and can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100, reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days. The maximum fine if prosecuted in the magistrates court is £1,000.

Existing byelaws
Existing byelaws introducing seasonal dog exclusions (from May 1 to September 30) at Cefn Sidan and Llansteffan beaches and the byelaw requiring dogs to be kept on leads at all times on Llansteffan Green remain in force.

Page updated on: 06/04/2018