Dog owners in South Derbyshire may soon be facing hefty fines if they fail to provide evidence that they're willing to scoop up their pet's poop while out on walks.
By, 12 Aug 2019
Under the proposed legislation, enforcement officers can stop dog walkers and ask to see if they've brought bags to pick up pooch poo. Anyone falling foul of the strict new laws may face a fine up to a £1,000.
Would you pick up poo to save a £1,000?
South Derbyshire District Council is still considering the measures, which are already in force across large parts of the UK.
The full consultation will begin next week during a meeting of the council environment committee. As well as forcing owners to carry poop bags during walkies, the committee will also discuss updating the ban on dogs from children's play areas.
They'll also be a push to make sure dogs are kept on a leash at all times within some public parks.
If approved, the new laws will stay in effect until 2023. The council will then review the legislation every three years.
The plans are part of an overall project to reduce anti-social behaviour in many of Derbyshire's green spaces. Other issues include fly-tipping, littering, and consuming alcohol in public.
Council members expect all responsible dog owners to understand the importance of the poop scoop. After all, dog poop contains loads of nasty bacteria that can cause serious illness and other health complications, including blindness.
Every responsible dog owner needs a poop scoop
However, they're expecting more pushback on other proposals, including the need to keep pups on the leash at all times. In fact, this is already the most "frequent cause of complaint to enforcement officers."
It's a tricky balancing act for any local council. It's their job to make public spaces safe and enjoyable for everyone, including our pets.
But leash or no leash, dog walkers in South Derbyshire should probably start stocking up on plastic poop bags!