More innovation from England:
A hit squad of “pooper snoopers” is targeting dog walkers who fail to clean up after their pets. The 20-strong team of plain clothes wardens prowl north London’s streets and parks late at night ready to impose £80 on-the-spot fines.
Pooper ‘snooper‘. Get it?
So these are not informational uniformed patrols – these are ‘plain clothes’ undercover cops wandering the dog poo hot spots watching for the bad guys. It would be interesting to see how this goes – I don’t see any statistics online yet (miscreants caught/fined; incidents of orphan poo/month; etc, etc!).
Turns out there’s an Act for that – under The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, it is illegal to allow your dog to foul any footpath, park, play area, grass verge or local green amenity without cleaning it up. Dog wardens have the legal authority to approach someone suspected of this offence and bring a prosecution against them.
Chicago has a law, too. Chicago Municipal Code Chapter 7-12-420 Removal of excrement.
No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person’s consent, without some means for the removal of excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet. This section shall not apply to a blind person while walking his or her guide dog.
What’s particularly interesting is that it’s illegal in Chicago to walk your dog without bringing along a dog poo bag (or scooper, or whatever)!
‘Hey, gotta bag’?