Dog fouler fined

A PENCADER man who was seen on two separate occasions not cleaning up after his dogs has been fined £135 by magistrates.

Morgan Edwin Duhm was also ordered to pay £100 towards prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge at Carmarthen Magistrates Court.

Duhm, aged 24, of Maes Derwenydd, was reported to the council by a local resident after he was seen walking three dogs on the estate on July 17 and failed to clean up after one of the dogs defecated on the pavement and on the road.

Enforcement officers visited Duhm at his home address and he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75.

On September 9, the resident again saw Duhm walking his three dogs from the main road into the Maescader estate and again he failed to clean up after one of them defecated on the pavement.

Despite being sent a reminder letter, no payment had been received by Duhm for the fixed penalty notice for the first offence.

Duhm failed to attend court and he was convicted in absence.

Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “More and more people are reporting offences to us.

“Our enforcement officers carry out patrols across the county, but it can be very difficult to catch people in the act, you have to be in the right place at the right time.

“But this is where the public can help, as they can be our eyes and ears and report offenders to us. People are also less likely to offend if they know ordinary members of the public are watching then too.”

To report offenders complete the online form at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/dogfouling or call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.

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