Birmingham City Council (BCC) is asking residents to put forward their views on controversial proposals to tackle dog fouling in public spaces.
In a bid to clean up the parks and streets, BCC are aiming to clamp down on what is one of the city’s biggest complaints to be received from residents – dog mess.
Pooches without pants in public places could land their owners a hefty fine if their four legged friend is not wearing ‘dog nappy pants’.
It’s believed that this move will encourage dog owners – and indeed dogs – to be more considerate to other citizens of Birmingham.
This controversial move would be a first in the UK, but not globally – in Japan, it’s not uncommon for dogs and cats to be seen donning a pair of pants – and not because of laws, but because they are much cleaner than everyone else.
What are the proposed measures?
• Canines in public places must wear ‘Dog Nappies’ at all times – failing to do so will result in an on the spot fine of £150 – you will also be liable to pay £500 if your dog has fouled.
• Failing to carry ‘poo bags’ will also result in a fixed penalty of £50
Pet pants are now widely available – both online and from popular pet superstores like Just at Pets for Homes.
And there’s something for everyone – from shaped disposable nappies to more environmentally friendly washables.
There are also many styles available for the more discerning, fashion-conscious furry friend and owner.
One local resident said the proposal was ‘absolutely absurd’. April Furst said: “My Chihuahua, Phillip, would be very self conscious if he was made to wear such hideous things.”
“About time!” said one relieved resident. Ken Plank Jr said: “Dog sh** is bloody disgusting. I used to enjoy a lovely stroll around Cofton Park (now Cackton Park), you know, stretch the old legs – but when you’re back home in front of the box and you suddenly get a waft of dog sh**e but you don’t have a dog, it’s time something was done.”
Have Your Say:
The consultation began today, Monday 1st April and will run until the end of the month
Cover image by Christopher Read on Flickr