A SWANSEA family say they had to cut short a picnic on the city's foreshore at the weekend due to the amount of dog mess littering the beach.
Sarah Helin and her partner had taken their daughter Jasmine, aged 7, and one-year-old son Jacob, to Swansea beach to enjoy the sunshine on Sunday. But they were so appalled with the amount of dog mess around the bay that they decided to go home.
Ms Helin said the final straw came when Jacob picked up a bag of faeces that had been thrown by the water's edge.
The 29-year-old of Cheriton Crescent, Portmead, said: "It was disgusting. Everywhere we looked there was dog mess.
We had come to the beach for a day out but we had to keep watching the youngest. Every time I put the picnic blanket down there was mess in the grass so we had to keep moving.
"It was over the beach and the stones and pebbles.
"It wasn't safe for the children to play there.
"There is no excuse for dog owners not to clean up after their pets and if they do they should put it in the bins that are around."
Swansea Council said it had recently launched a dog fouling campaign across the city.
A spokesman said: "There's no excuse for selfish dog owners who allow their pets to foul in public places.
"Dog fouling bins are in place along the foreshore for the public to use when walking their dogs."
People caught failing to clean up after their pet face a £75 fine.