POO!!! Well to be specific....

@scarydog (171)
February 1, 2007 11:25am CST
Not sure what the law is in other countries outside the UK, but where I am it is an offence to not clean up after your dog. Now my big gripe is not the cleaning up...after all I am happy to do it being a responsible dog owner and believe that every dog owner should be responsible, however I can only recall a few incidents where dog owners haven't cleaned up after their dog and been succesfully prosecuted...seems that the so called dog wardens have to see an owner not pick up a certain number of times before they're even warned about it. Now I also know from taking my dog out how many dog owners don't clean up after....surely there must be other ways this could be enforced(I think it's a £100 fine). What are you views on how this could be enforced more succesfully and what the dog fouling laws in your country?
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@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
3 Feb 07
Here in NY your suppose to clean up after your dog too. I think it's up to the cop if he/she wants to give you a ticket or not.
@scarydog (171)
3 Feb 07
Thankd for that Howard....that's the biggie though....'supposed to'... i see lots of dog owners who don't however they usually do when i point it out to them ;-)
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@fabwisp (1328)
2 Feb 07
Oh. I always thought if you were just seen once not clearing up after your dog you could recieve a fine. If not it should be the case.
@scarydog (171)
2 Feb 07
Hi Fabwisp... unfortunately in the UK it takes several reports and they usually want them from multiple witnesses also..... then they get warnings and eventually get fined... from what I remember there's only been somthing like 13 or 14 succesful court actions in the past year in my part of the UK!
• United States
2 Feb 07
yeah its more of a state thing in the US
@scarydog (171)
2 Feb 07
Thansk for that Fiyahcreation...maybe there'll be country-wide legislation one day that it is an offence...
@chanfrado (1166)
• Portugal
2 Feb 07
I think we have some law about it here in Portugal, but almost anyone cares about it. Only a few are responsible dog owners.
@scarydog (171)
2 Feb 07
Thanks for your input Chanfrado....in the UK most dog owners are responsible... unfortunately the ones that aren't do tend to give the gresponsible owners a bad name on occasion.
@Bizziebod (3526)
2 Feb 07
It is really annoying, I don't have a dog but I there are occasions when I take your for a walk and I always clean up after him. I don't think it could be enforced more successfully as that would mean paying more people to patrol and that would cost the government money! I suppose but up security cameras? but that would be an invasion on our privacy wouldn't it. Just plain old reporting a person will have to do until someone comes up with another solution I guess.
@scarydog (171)
2 Feb 07
Know exactly how you feel Bizzie....reporting them doesn't seem to do much good though either... unless there are multiple reports of persistent offenders.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I think those laws are more likely to be enforced for people who do not pick up the poop in and around their own homes. Lets say you had a neighbor that never picked up after their dog and you could smell it or see it (posing health problems for both the dog and the people), you could call animal control and they can fine them until the area is clean. Unless your dog pooped in front of a police officer, I would think it would be extremely hard to prosecute someone for their dog pooping in public and you not picking it up. You would have to prove who did it etc. I am sure that there have been cases of people video taping negeligent pet owners and turning them over to animal control, and the people getting fined. So to answer your question, a fine is about all that you will ever get, unless you have so many animals and refuse to clean up after them. I have 3 dogs and pick up poop every single day of my life. Sometimes I wish they could poo in the loo ;D
@scarydog (171)
2 Feb 07
Hi Savingsibes, thanks for your insight....I only wish Scary could use the loo sometimes too....well I think I'd prefer that he had his own ;-)
@brendalee (6086)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I'm not really sure but I have always thought it was a law here too that you have to pick up after your dog. We always do it anyway whether it is a law or not. I have no idea how they could enforce the law, but I know if I broke it, I would be the first one they caught and prosecuted.lol
@scarydog (171)
2 Feb 07
Hi Brendalee...Good to hear that most people have a conscience....I too would probably be locked up and have the key thrown away if I didn't clear up after. LOL
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
2 Feb 07
In the US, that's pretty much left up to each individual city as to what ordinances they pass and enforce. I do know that it is very difficult to prosecute because, like you said, someone has to actually witness it and tie the, if you will, poo to the dog and owner. Other than that, I don't know what you can do. People will persist in being rude.
@scarydog (171)
2 Feb 07
I find it not only rude but ignorant too...there was a local incident recently where a young girl(think she was about 10) lost sight in one eye caused by coming into contact with dog poo that hadn't been cleaned up. Thanks for your comment
@Fluplup (556)
• United States
3 Feb 07
That's my friend International rule........