New plans being introduced by the Scottish government will see Scotland’s dog owners fined double if they don’t pick up their pet’s mess from 1st April.

Following a public consultation and ‘overwhelming’ support, the fine (which will increase from £40 to £80) is part of a plan to deter offenders and protect public health said Minister for community safety, Paul Wheelhouse.

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The fixed penalty charges for the offence now matches the level of fine served on those caught littering.

The move has been welcomed by the organisation ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’, who recently published research showing that almost seven in ten people rated dog fouling as the issue that most spoilt the environment.


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