Dog walkers could be slapped with £100 poo fine – even if their pet DOESN’T make a mess
Council enforcement officers can ask dog walkers to produce either a bag or pooper scooper, with those unable to risking a £100 fine or prosecution.
Daventry Council in Northamptonshire, which is introducing the measure from December 1, is thought to be the first in the country to trial the penalty for dog walkers in a bid to rid the streets of steaming mounds of excrement.
Mike Warren, councillor for health issues, said: “We will be advising them to make sure they have extra poop bags with them at all times to ensure they have the means to pick up, regardless of how long they’ve been out and about with their pet.
“These new powers are not intended to penalise the many responsible dog owners, who should be assured that our officers will be taking a common-sense approach on their patrols.
“It’s not unreasonable though, for example, to expect someone who has just arrived at a venue to walk their dog to be carrying poop bags.”