Following last week’s story headlined ‘Dogged bureaucracy’, gair rhydd have received a response from Cardiff City Council.
In issue 971, it was reported that a Cardiff student had complained about the actions of the council after having to move a deceased dog, which was left in front of his student house on Sunday 18 February.
The student expressed concern towards Cardiff City Council after he was asked to move the dog from the pavement and onto the road in order to be collected.
A spokesperson from the council made this statement: “It is the Council’s duty to ensure the public environment is litter-free and public footpaths remain obstacle-free for all users. When educational activity fails to have the desired affect, occasionally fines are applied.
“As such, it is Council policy to collect any waste on the roads and pavements either as part of the scheduled street cleansing rounds or as an out-of-hours/ah hoc request when a potentially hazardous dumping or offensive items are involved. When a report of a dead animal is received, action is taken to remove it from the public adopted highway which includes the pavement areas, as soon as possible.
“While the exact circumstances of this miscommunication are still being investigated with other agencies, the deceased dog was removed promptly.
“We would certainly not advise a member of the public to touch a dead animal prior to collection. We have been in contact with Mr Venter and the matter has been resolved.[pullquote]We would certainly not advise a member of the public to touch a dead animal prior to collection. We have been in contact with Mr Venter and the matter has been resolved.[/pullquote]
“In this particular example, our attention should be on who the owner is and who was responsible for leaving the animal on the pavement. In line with our policy, we’ve retained the body to scan for an identichip identity. If the owner can be found, we will contact them in due course.”
South Wales Police spoke to Wales Online who quoted: “South Wales Police said it was not a police matter but said if Phillip had been advised in that way, it would have been due to a misunderstanding.”
Regarding waste disposal, Cardiff council have advised students to visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/waste for full details on how to deal with waste and reporting litter.