Residents in Drefach Felindre are being urged to help the council catch dirty dog owners who are failing to clean up after their pets.
The council has received numerous complaints of dog mess in the village with one resident counting 20 separate deposits along one stretch of pavement.
The issue is unfortunately being caused by a minority of irresponsible dog owners that live locally.
Council environmental enforcement officers have stepped up patrols in the village including going out early morning and late evening.
They have also met with local councillors and the problem has been raised at local PACT meetings.
Now officers are urging residents with any information which may help to catch offenders to come forward under the ‘Dog Watch’ scheme.
It could include certain of times of day or descriptions of individuals and/or their dogs. The information can be given in the strictest confidence.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said the council had recently successfully prosecuted a woman in court for a dog fouling offence after being reported by a member of the public.
He said: “We are urging residents to please report dog fouling
so that we can then take the appropriate action against offenders. They can either be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75 or we can prosecute them in court where the maximum fine is £1,000.
“Our enforcement officers have to cover the whole of the county so they cannot be everywhere at once. Any information we receive can then be used to target that area accordingly.
“And if the message gets out that the residents can take direct action to report offences, dog owners are far more likely to behave responsibly.”
To report dog fouling please call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567 or complete the online form at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/dogfouling