Dog foul­ing fines set to rise

The Oban Times - - News -

PET OWN­ERS who refuse to pick up af­ter their dogs are to be hit by an in­creased fine as of April 1.

From that date the fixed penalty for own­ers who refuse to pick up af­ter their pet is be­ing in­creased from £40 to £ 80, bring­ing it in line with the fine for lit­ter­ing.

The move to in­crease the fine comes af­ter an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of re­sponses to a con­sul­ta­tion on re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship said they would sup­port the in­creased de­ter­rent.

Oban Com­mu­nity Ac­tion on Dog Foul­ing has high­lighted Soroba and Gana­van as prob­lem lo­ca­tions and the group plans to place a dog foul­ing ban­ner in Soroba to help raise aware­ness.

Julie McKen­zie of Oban Com­mu­nity Ac­tion on Dog Foul­ing said: ‘I’m de­light- ed that fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion the Scot­tish Govern­ment has de­cided to take this pos­i­tive step to dou­ble the dog foul­ing fine. This sends a clear mes­sage to in­con­sid­er­ate dog own­ers that their ac­tions will no longer be tol­er­ated in our com­mu­ni­ties. It also adds power to the el­bow of Mairi Bryce and her team of com­mu­nity ac­tivists in Oban, who are work­ing hard to com­bat the foul­ing prob­lem in the town.’

Min­is­ter for com­mu­nity safety and le­gal affairs Paul Wheel­house said: ‘Dog foul­ing can pose po­ten­tially sig­nif­i­cant risks to health, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren, and we’re very clear that dog own­ers who do not clear up af­ter their dogs are break­ing the law.’

Derek Robert­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful, said: ‘In­creas­ing the fine is a pos­i­tive step and will send a clear mes­sage to ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers that their ac­tions have a neg­a­tive im­pact on peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties.’

Sup­port­ers of the Oban dog foul­ing

cam­paign at last year’s launch.

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