Dog owners across the UK face fines for not doing their duty and cleaning up after their pet when out walking it, but now dog lovers in a London borough are facing much tougher rules and regulations. Wandsworth Council has introduced tough new measures as part of a campaign to clean up the area and reduce the instances of accidents involving dogs.
As of last week, dog owners face an on the spot £80 fixed penalty if they fail to clean up any mess that their pet makes in a public place. Alternatively, they may be summonsed to appear before a magistrate’s court to face charges. Dog mess is not the only thing to have been targeted by officials in Wandsworth: from now on, all dog owners must keep their dog on a short leash when walking it on a public highway, including all residential streets and town centres.
The tough new measures have now been set in stone after Wandsworth Council phased them in during a period of “public education and awareness”.
Although the majority of dog owners are responsible and make sure their pets wear a dog collar, and have undergone some form of dog training, a minority or irresponsible owners still exist, and these are the people whom the Council are targeting. Although all local councils across the United Kingdom have a system in place to take punitive measures against such irresponsible dog owners, it is not known if any other councils, apart from Wandsworth, will be toughening up their rules.