PUPILS from Ystrad Mynach Primary School teamed up with Caerphilly County Borough to say 'Enough is Enough' to irresponsible dog owners across the county.

In September this year, the council agreed to implement a series of new measures as part of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which aim to tackle irresponsible dog ownership and dog fouling through enhancing the council’s ability to enforce against irresponsible dog owners.

Pupils from Ystrad Mynach Primary School joined the council to officially launch the ‘Enough is Enough’ environmental awareness raising campaign at Ystrad Mynach Park.

As of now, any dog owner who is found to not comply with the following restrictions can be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice.

The restrictions imposed as part of the Public Spaces Protection Order are:

• Excluding dogs from all enclosed children’s play and multi-use games areas

• Requiring dogs to be kept on leads in enclosed memorial gardens

• Requiring dog owners to remove dog faeces in public places

• Requiring dog owners to carry an appropriate receptacle for dealing with the waste that their dog produces (that is, to always have the means to pick up their dog faeces)

• Requiring dog owners to put their dogs on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer on any public land, where the dog is considered to be out of control or causing harm or distress to prevent a nuisance.

Cabinet member for the Environment and Public Protection, Cllr Eluned Stenner said: “We know that the majority of our residents who own dogs act responsibly, but the fact remains that there are a small minority who are not responsible owners – and to those people we say ‘Enough is Enough’.

"The implementation of this Public Spaces Protection Order will provide additional powers and enhance our ability to enforce against irresponsible dog owners, and I’m sure these additional measures will be welcomed by our residents."

Headteacher of Ystrad Mynach Primary School, Jonathan Lloyd added: “We teach our learners from a very early age about the importance of behaving responsibly when it comes to the environment, and we are very pleased as a school to support this very important campaign."

Additionally, pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Cwm Gwyddon in Abercarn have worked hard to produce artwork as part of the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign, which has been transferred onto large banners in areas of high footfall to encourage dog owners to act responsibly.

To report instances or offenders of dog fouling in Caerphilly county borough, visit caerphilly.gov.uk/streetpride or call 01443 866566.