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OBAN’S newest councillor says new dog fouling penalties will ‘empower’ dog wardens.
Councillor Julie MacKenzie welcomed the Scottish Government rise in a fine to £80 from next week while recognising the problem is still causing concern in Oban.
Dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets will face a fine of £80 from April 1 – double the current fixed penalty rate.
The change, supported by the majority of responses to a Scottish Government consultation on dog ownership, brings the penalty for dog fouling in line with the fine for littering.
Ms MacKenzie, who led a successful Oban campaign to make a difference, praised the work of Mairi Bryce and her Facebook page, Oban Community Action on Dog Fouling.
Ms MacKenzie said: ‘It’s great to see the Scottish Government taking another very positive step towards tackling the issue of dog fouling by doubling the fixed penalty fine.
‘It is, of course, especially welcomed by myself and many others in the local area, following all the hard work put in over the last year by Mairi Bryce and her Oban Community Action on Dog Fouling team.
‘The group members have been strong advocates for the introduction of harsher penalties and the £80 fixed penalty should help add even more strength to their campaign.
‘This increase should also help to empower our amenity wardens in Argyll and Bute, as the much heftier fine will send out a clear message to irresponsible dog owners to say that their antisocial behaviour is not acceptable.’