No one likes stepping in dog poop. It spreads germs, smells and looks bad, pollutes water... There are all sorts of reason for picking it up instead of leaving it along city streets and in parks. Unfortunately, many dog owners don't want to deal with it. In the small Spanish town Colmenar Viejo, the mayor's office has tired of the mess.
Dog walkers will now be spied on by a professional Canine Detective, whose job is to find the culprits, and leaving poop behind will be fined with up to 150 euros ($200) with higher penalties for repeat offenders.
The campaign is incited by health concerns. The city says most dog owners are responsible, but those who don't pick up after their dogs leave piles outside schools, at children's playgrounds, and at other inappropriate places..
The new detectives will film owners who don't pick up after their dogs, and this evidence will be handed over to the police along with a report.
~ Maria Sadowski ~