Man has his leg amputated due to dog poo on a rugby pitch

Collin Smith had to have his leg amputated after dog poo on a rugby pitch got into a wound and caused a serious infection.

His local council is now one of 12 in Wales using Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to fine dog owners who do not pick up after their pets.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has issued the most fines so far – £22,000 worth in the last 10 months.

Mr Smith, 53, from Miskin, a dog owner himself, welcomed the move.

He said: “In November 1979 I was playing rugby for the first XV for Tonyrefail Comprehensive when I received a compound fracture – tibia and fibula – where the bone came out and pierced the skin.

“I was taken to hospital, my leg set in plaster and within 24 hours they discovered I had an infection.

“It turned out to be an infection caused by animal faeces, which spread… they had to do a through-knee amputation and the result of that a prosthetic leg.”

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