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Fines for dog fouling scheme scrapped by council

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The Kennel Club has welcomed the decision by Thanet District Council to scrap its controversial dog fouling scheme.

The council announced the scheme back in April in a bid to target irresponsible owners who let their dogs foul and do not ‘bag and bin it’. The council was encouraging dog owners to submit their dogs’ DNA to create a DNA database, so that dog foulers could be identified and charged.

The Kennel Club saw the scheme, which was expected to cost £20,000 a year, as a tax on responsible dog owners – as the irresponsible minority would continue to flout the law. It also believed the initiative would cause public outcry if safeguards were not put in place to protect those dog owners who relied on other people to walk their dogs from fouling fines. It raised the question of who would be fined – the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog at the time?

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