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Double trouble for dog owners that don't scoop the poop

 30 March 2016  |  


From 1 April 2016, anyone found not to be cleaning up after their pet could face an £80 fixed penalty from South Ayrshire Council.

From 1 April 2016, anyone found not to be cleaning up after their pet could face an £80 fixed penalty from South Ayrshire Council.

Dog owners are being reminded that new rules are about to come into force that will double fines for dog fouling. From 1 April 2016, anyone found not to be cleaning up after their pet could face an £80 fixed penalty from South Ayrshire Council.

The new rules were agreed at the Scottish Parliament earlier this year following a national consultation. Two thirds of respondents indicated that they wanted more done to tackle dog fouling, with increasing fixed penalties one of the most popular suggestions.

South Ayrshire Council recently launched a marketing campaign to help tackle the issue of dog fouling. Posters featuring luminous eyes were designed to let dog walkers know that they are being watched, with the Environmental Health team finding that fouling is more of a problem at night, when the hidden dangers can't be seen.

Mike Newall, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Neighbourhood Services, said, "Even though dog fouling's been illegal since 2003, we know from experience that some owners are still letting their neighbours down.

"Being a responsible dog owner means being aware of the health hazards posed to young children by not cleaning up after your pet and we would urge persistent offenders to start taking the issue as seriously as most people already do.

"By using a little bit of common sense and considering the impact of their actions on the wider community, everyone could soon be enjoying cleaner streets and public parks."

Dog fouling can be reported here

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