Dog left smeared in ‘human poo’ after closed toilet left bathers taken aback
A dog owner says she was forced to wash her emergency pet in the sea after it rolled in human excrement left on a Welsh beach. Benji the Chihuahua cross was left covered in smelly poo on a beach where the only public restrooms were closed.
Tiina Ligema, from Meliden, said she was disgusted by Benji’s experiences at Barkby Beach, Prestatyn, on Monday, Live reports from North Wales. She said she had to drag him out to sea to clean up the “revolting” excrement left near the beach car park.
Benji’s owner claims this is the second time the five-year-old dog has rolled in human poo since Denbighshire Council closed the beach toilets for repairs in early April. The authority initially said the work would be finished after Easter, but repairs are still ongoing.
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Residents have complained about the repair schedule as the resort’s holiday season begins. Others asked why portable toilets were not provided as an alternative. Beachgoers were taken aback by a walk along the seafront to the public toilets behind the Nova Prestatyn. At the time of closing, a resident predicted: “There will be some bare bottoms popping up in the dunes!
According to Tiina, this has now happened. “The situation is really bad because the area around the parking lot is clearly used as a toilet. My dog managed twice to put human excrement on his fur and the second time it was so bad that it was dangerous for his health.
“Getting it cleaned was a really awful experience. I had to try to wash it in the sea before bringing it home. The smell was something else!
Tiina wrote to Denbighshire Council but only received a generic response. Although she thinks caught bathers have a responsibility to clean up their waste, Tiina said the local authority should have speeded up repairs and provided temporary toilets.
“I understand that people need the toilets,” she said. “However, a very important public facility was closed over the festive period with no alternative cover provided.”
Prestatyn resident Paul Penlington, a candidate for Denbighshire councilor, has criticized the council’s work schedule. The closure of the only public restrooms for half a mile during the Easter holiday was the “worst time,” he wrote on Facebook. He added: “It might be an idea to avoid walking in the dunes there for a while.”
Denbighshire Council has temporarily closed the beach toilets due to an ‘urgent need’ to carry out repairs to its roof. Work was extended beyond Easter when additional repairs were identified. A spokesperson said: “Work is due to be completed this Friday (April 29) and facilities will reopen on Saturday (April 30). There will be no charge to use these facilities. The staff also cleaned the area around the facilities. We would like to thank residents for their understanding during this period of closure to allow the work to be completed.” To keep up to date with news from across Wales, subscribe to our newsletters here.