DESPITE the demented, patronising, ignorant and pompous comments of Jim Dyer (Argus, June 14) the fact is that dogs’ mess is widespread across the City of Newport, because of some irresponsible owners.

At the recent St. Julians PACT council and community meeting, several responsible dog owners agreed that this is a nightmarish health and safety problem. In the 21st century, how can the authorities ignore and allow this mess to continue and increase in our streets, playing fields, football pitches and public places and as Matthew Pimm (June 8) expects; with the potential mess in our shops, banks, pubs etc?

Brian Donovan, Darlington Court, Newport