IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners are causing an increasing health hazard, according to fed-up residents.

Hoyland locals regularly complain about the problem but their concern has been mounting over the past few months.

One woman in Lilac Crescent stuck signs on her fence protesting about dog muck on a grassed area just outside her front gate.

Janet Fullelove, of Barber Street, has now added her voice to the complaints. 

She said: "I have reported it to Barnsley Council but nothing seems to get done. We are dog owners ourselvesbut when we go out every morning with them we pick up their waste and put it in nappy bags."

Barnsley Council offers advice about the problem of dog fouling on its website and has an online complaint form. It says at its worst, dog mess can lead to blindness in children due to an infection called toxocara canis.

The advice says it is an offence for a person in charge of a dog not to clean up immediately after their dog fouls any designated land.

The council added: "We do patrols in known hot spots but formal action can only be taken if an offence is witnessed.

"Offenders can be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice or may be prosecuted in the magistrates' court."