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Dog walkers could get fined for not carrying ‘poop bags’

Dog owners who walk their dogs without carrying poop bags with them could be enlisted even before any offence has even happened under new council plans.

Boston Council wants to introduce a legislation that would give it the power to fine dog walkers who are not carrying “poop bags” to clear up their dogs poop.

Under the Public Space Protection Order, which could be brought in during February 2017, dog mess-related fines may also be increased to £100 from the current £50 .

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The council said the current legislation, under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, is restrictive and doesn’t fully allow it to deal with owners who are not behaving properly and clearing up.

The Act states that the person commits an offence if their dog poops and they fail to clear up the poop, and also allows environmental enforcement officers & police community support officers to issue a £50 fine to people they have caught not clearing up the poop.

These new plans will allow officers to take action before the dog has even done its business.

The councils head of operations, George Barnard, said the order allows “any authorised officer or PCSO to approach anyone walking their dog and ensure they have got the means to pick up”.

Council workers could also be issued with body cameras as part of the crackdown on dog fouling.

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