Stamping out dog fouling
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.”