A SPANISH town is sending a ‘dog poo detective’ out onto its streets to crack down on owners who don’t clean up after their dogs.
Anyone caught leaving behind their dog’s mess in Colmenar Viejo, just North of Madrid, will face a fine of up to €750.
The detective – hired by the Town Hall – will patrol the streets in disguise, armed with a camera.
“We want dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets out of laziness or disgust, or because they simply don’t want to, start to think they are always being watched by someone,” said councillor Antonia Garcia.
“Dog faeces have parasites that children are exposed to, if the excrement is in children’s parks.”
The town – which has a population of 44,000 – launched the campaign this week by sending actors dressed as detectives onto the streets to explain the move to locals.
Elsewhere in Spain Town Hall’s are stamping down on irresponsible pet owners. Those caught leaving their dog’s mess on a street in Barcelona or Madrid can face fines of up to €1,500.
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