Stamp­ing out dog foul­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Dog foul­ing could be stamped out of Ruther­glen as the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment dou­bles the fine dished out to those who do not clean up af­ter their pets.

Dog own­ers who fail to pick up mess will face a fine of £80, up from £40, from April 1.

The change, sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of re­sponses to a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment con­sul­ta­tion on dog own­er­ship, brings the penalty for dog foul­ing in line with the fine for lit­ter­ing.

Min­is­ter for com­mu­nity safety and le­gal af­fairs Paul Wheelhouse said: “Dog foul­ing is not only un­pleas­ant. It can also pose po­ten­tially sig­nif­i­cant risks to health, par­tic­u­larly to chil­dren.

“We are clear that dog own­ers who do not clear up af­ter their pets are break­ing the law.

“We be­lieve the in­creased penalty will act as a greater de­ter­rent for peo­ple who do not take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their pets.

“This is an is­sue that many peo­ple feel strongly about and af­fects all too many com­mu­ni­ties.

“Not only are we in­creas­ing the penalty but we are also work­ing with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to look at ways to make sure that fines are prop­erly col­lected from those who have cho­sen to break the law.”

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