Dog walkers in Canterbury warned to carry two bags or face £80 fine as council cracks down on fouling
PUBLISHED: 16:32 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 05 September 2017
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The new scheme is set to be rolled out across the city next month
Dog walkers in Canterbury will soon face a hefty fine if they are not carrying at least two bags to pick up after their pets.
The city council is introducing the measure as part of a district-wide crackdown on fouling, which it says presents a danger to public health.
The scheme is set to be rolled out next month, with offenders facing the prospect of being slapped with an £80 fine on the spot.
A council spokesperson said: “As part of our approach to try and reduce dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership, we will be requiring people to demonstrate they have the means to clear up after their pet.
“As a rule of thumb, we’d expect people to be carrying at least two bags that can be used to dispose of dog excrement. If they do not have these, they could receive a fixed penalty notice.
“Of course, the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and already go prepared, and we know many also clear up after other people’s dogs too.
“For these reasons, our enforcement officers will approach these new powers with discretion and use their common sense.
“What these powers do give us, however, is a greater ability to tackle problem areas, problem owners or blatant persistent offending through targeted campaigns.
“We are totally certain the public will support us in anything that has an impact in reducing dog fouling.”