Fines for negligent dog owners double

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Dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets after tomorrow, April 1, risk having to pay £80, double the current fixed penalty rate.

The change, supported by the majority of responses to a Scottish Government consultation on dog ownership, brings the penalty for dog fouling in line with fines for littering.

The Scottish Government is also working with local authorities to consider how more unpaid penalties can be collected. Scottish Borders Council has come in for criticism in recent months over its failure to issue and collect fines from negligent dog owners.

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “This is an issue that many people feel strongly about and affects all too many communities. Not only are we increasing the penalty but we are also working with local authorities to look at ways to make sure that fines are properly collected from those who have chosen to break the law.”