Calling all dog lovers in Merthyr

Residents of Merthyr Tydfil (and their furry friends!) are invited to join council staff and Keep Wales Tidy officers at a dog fouling campaign engagement event between 9.00am and 12.00pm on Monday 14 March at Castle Park. Free dog treats, dog poo bags and paw print temporary tattoos will be given away to local dog walkers.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is urging dog owners to do the right thing and pick up after their pets as part of a national campaign from Keep Wales Tidy.

Although an estimated nine out of ten dog owners pick up after their pets, dog poo remains a persistent issue in neighbourhoods across the country. Keep Wales Tidy’s campaign aims to raise awareness of the health risks associated with dog poo; not just for humans but also for livestock and other pets.

Dog poo that’s left behind can carry harmful bacteria which can remain in soil long after it has decomposed.

The nationwide campaign is being run as part of Caru Cymru (a Welsh phrase meaning ‘Love Wales’) – an inclusive movement led by Keep Wales Tidy and local authorities to inspire people to take action and care for the environment.

Based on research by behaviour change experts, bright pink signs, posters, pawprint stencils and bin stickers will be appearing across Merthyr Tydfil to ‘nudge’ people into making the right decision.

We’re delighted to be working with Keep Wales Tidy to deliver this important message. We’ve seen an increase in dog fouling in recent months, so this campaign is to remind the small minority of irresponsible dog owners to clean up after their furry friends and help us to keep our environment clean and safe for everyone.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Councillor Michelle Jones
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services

We’re excited to deliver this important campaign with our local authority partners. As a nation of dog lovers, we should all be aware that dog poo isn’t just an unpleasant mess, it can be dangerous. We’re urging the small minority of irresponsible dog owners to do the right thing. By not picking up after your dog, you could be putting people, livestock, and our beloved pets at risk. Please bag it, bin it and leave only pawprints when you’re out and about.

Lesley Jones
Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive

People in Merthyr Tydfil and across Wales are being encouraged to join the campaign. Find out more and download free materials.

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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