'Delight at dog fouling court case'
screams a headline (on page 5) of last Thursdays Berwickshire.
This refers to a conviction a Peebles Sheriff's court of a dog owner for permitting his dog to 'foul' and not clearing up . The delight was expressed by a Borders Council technical services and its spokesman added ' This reinforces the message that dog fouling is disgusting and totally unacceptable'
In this case the man concerned was fined £100 rather than the fixed penalty of £40.
This is the first conviction for this offence in a Borders court and it should send a 'message' as they say to those other dog owners, represented in Hutton and Paxton I fear who seem unwilling or unable to control their canine's 'doings' Especially worying when young grand children are around as they are particularily at risk of infection. Some dog owners in these parts are very responsible in their handling of their pets trailing around with a scooper and plastic bags, others, not so. A bloggee has suggested that persisent offenders shouild be 'named and shamed' in this rant. More effective (and less aggro for Huttonian) would be for those citizens who feel strongly to have a word with irresponsible dog owners and only as a last resort report them to the authorities. (Borders Excremental Services?).The People's Poop Police or other local vigilantes may eventually be needed -perhaps as an offshot of the Neighbourhood Watch. But it needn't come to that.