ARGUS COMMENT: Higher dog mess fines a good move

ARGUS COMMENT: Higher dog mess fines a good move

ARGUS COMMENT: Higher dog mess fines a good move

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BLAENAU Gwent council is to introduce the biggest fines in the country for dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

In two weeks' time dog owners face being fined £125 - up from the current £75 fine.

A welcome move and surely to be popular among all other users of parks, play areas and town centre pavements.

Because let's face it there is nothing more disgusting on our streets than dog mess which irresponsible dog owners have just left behind.

And, as we have long argued there seems to be no way of getting the message across, although it is glaringly simple, that if you have a dog you have to pick up after it. That's it. It is not hard to understand or even difficult to do.

Yet seems to be beyond the wit of so many.

Perhaps the threat of a tough fine regime is the way to go.

That said however, there are questions.

Of the people fined, and there have been 4,000 since Blaenau Gwent introduced fines in September 2011, how many pay up?

Do we know if being caught actually changes their behaviour?

Ultimately though, the key question has to be, does the introduction of fines, or raising of existing fines actually lead to an increase in responsibility among dog owners?

In other words are the streets and parks any clearer of dog mess?

Because unless that is the outcome the number of fines, or amount paid does not matter one jot.

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2:25pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Absolutely correct SWA.
Absolutely correct SWA. Woodgnome
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8:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Mike0408 says...

and what happens to those to cant/refuse to pay?? debt gets sent to debt collection agency who can sent bailiffs out to obtain the costs, but not even that can help as these bailiffs have pretty much no power to take anything. only high court bailiffs can have the power to take more better action.

i am not a dog owner by the way and i hate these dog owners that dont clean up after their dogs, i also HATE HOW THESE RULES DON'T APPLY TO PEOPLE RIDING HORSES, i hate driving along and driving threw horse crap, it is also a danger to road users as i have skidded slightly when i have had no choice but to go threw it. they should have so sort of container that catches it all.
and what happens to those to cant/refuse to pay?? debt gets sent to debt collection agency who can sent bailiffs out to obtain the costs, but not even that can help as these bailiffs have pretty much no power to take anything. only high court bailiffs can have the power to take more better action. i am not a dog owner by the way and i hate these dog owners that dont clean up after their dogs, i also HATE HOW THESE RULES DON'T APPLY TO PEOPLE RIDING HORSES, i hate driving along and driving threw horse crap, it is also a danger to road users as i have skidded slightly when i have had no choice but to go threw it. they should have so sort of container that catches it all. Mike0408
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