More than a wee problem with Costa dogs

MATERIAL DAMAGE: Owners are expected to clear up after their pets Photo credit: Campello town hall

CAMPELLO’S Local Police force will get tough with negligent dog-owners.
With a “notable” number of dogs in the municipality there is an increase in the health and hygiene problems, including fouled footpaths and eroded lampposts.
Strays, abandoned dogs and potentially dangerous breeds were further problems to be tackled, the town hall said.
In coming months, Policia Local officers will not only step up controls but also approach owners in areas popular with dog-walkers.
The aim is to remind dog-owners of their responsibilities, particularly regarding breeds officially classed as dangerous, although all pets can also cause material damage, the officers will point out, as their urine is corroding lampposts and other street furniture,
Although the town hall is planning an awareness campaign, the authorities will also fine repeatedly negligent owners.  Sanctions range from €600 for not clearing up a pet’s excrement, rising to €2,404 for letting them run loose and reaching a prohibitive €15,025 for not insuring or registering a dog that belongs to a potentially dangerous breed.
Abandoning a dog will also be pursued through the courts, the town hall revealed.

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