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Offline Dolly Diver

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Solution to dog poo problem
« on: January 26, 2011 »
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  • Councillor Gerald announced at the Los Gigantes dog show last Sunday that a new by law has been passed to clean up the streets.  Dog owners not complying with the following face large fines.  Signs will be put up in the area stating the new laws.

    I have not received the official press release yet but from memory the following will be enforced

    All dogs to be kept on leads in public

    All dogs must be micro - chipped

    Large dogs have to be muzzled in public

    Owners must clean up after their dog.  If you are walking your dog and are stopped by police you must show you are carrying a poop bag. (What if you are stopped and you have used it?  Carry two).

    Over the past couple of years there have been many complaints on this forum about the amount of dog poo on the pavements and irresponsible owners who don?t clean up after their dog has done the necessary.  I?m delighted about this news and I hope the local police enforce the laws.  They should rake in a fortune in fines in the Puerto Santiago area. 

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    t l c

    Re: Solution to dog poo problem
    « Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011 »
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  • I agree with all of the 'poo' regulations and I always carry lots of bags BUT the muzzling of large dogs in public, my dog has been attacked many times by small dogs, off the lead !! Is this an absolute must, my dog would hate to be muzzled, when do these new by-laws come into force

    Offline Dolly Diver

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    Re: Solution to dog poo problem
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  • I agree with you.  It is often the smaller dogs that are bad tempered and can be unpredictable.

    Our large dog, who is sadly no longer with us, was the biggest softie, kids could jump on her and she wouldn't even growl.  I would have felt very guilty muzzling her.  The muzzling of large dogs in public has been a law for many years but it has not been enforced.  I was once told by a policeman in Alcala that she should be muzzled, I told him she was a big softie and he let the matter drop.
     
    Not sure exactly when it all comes into force, but soon.  I will post the press release when it is sent to me.

    t l c

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  • Thanks for that..............think I need to brush up on my Spanish and get the phrase for 'big softie' and smile sweetly !!

    Offline cs

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    Re: Solution to dog poo problem
    « Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011 »
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  • In my personal opinion anybody who owns a dog should have it microchipped, why wouldn't a dog owner want to?

    and every dog owner should always clear up after their dog and should always carry at least 1 more bag then they expect to need

    but I'd disagree with the other 2 restrictions

    firstly most dogs need to run to be exercised how do you do that if they are always on a lead, yes its sensible on the street/pavement not just for the dogs safety but to avoid any accidents but not everywhere

    secondly - muzzles on large dogs in my opinion that's just nonsense, my beloved dog who is also sadly no longer with us wouldn't have hurt a fly, he was a cross about the size of a labrador, I presume that's large? and a couple of years ago we suffered a serious vicious unprovoked attack by a nasty vicious Staffordshire Bull Terrier which presumably would be classified as a small dog and who will define large? - I can't see how that rule will be workable

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    Re: Solution to dog poo problem
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  • As I understand it, it's public places that the law will be enforced. Is Punta Blanca, which is a popular dog walking area, classed as a public place???

    It seems to be the poo problem that the Council will stamp on!!  Lets wait and see exactly what the new laws states.  If there is anything confusing I'm sure Councillor Gerald or someone from one of the animal charities will be happy to clarify.


    knightrider

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  • The old Canarian law (2004) states that dog owners must ensure their pets are on a leash,
    collar or breastplate or muzzle whilst being in PUBLIC areas.

    The owner must also carry a bag and a shovel for the collection of animal droppings.
    I presume the shovel means a poop scoop or similar.

    Amongst the dogs that are considered dangerous and must be muzzled in public are...
    Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, Pit-bull Terrier,
    Rottweiler, Great Dane and St Bernard.

    As for microchips, these should be compulsory as they can help locate lost dogs with owners
    and indeed owners of abandoned dogs that are often disregarded like unwanted trash.

    knightrider

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  • Oh, i forgot to add,
    regarding the abandoned dogs, they should be neutered.(the ''owners'' that is.)