IT’S an unfortunate global phenomenon and a dog act, and it’s happening on the Mornington Peninsula to the detriment of the environment.
A small percentage of dog owners, or dog poo bag tossers, continue to either not pick up their pooches’ poo, or leave full poop bags on the ground, in trees, or on the beach – often within metres of a rubbish bin.
Lazy dog owners who refuse to dispose of their dog’s waste responsibly are being warned that fines will almost double from $100 to $185 on 5 October when the new community amenity local law comes into force.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s local laws state that an owner can be fined for not picking up the dog litter and/or disposing of it correctly, and an owner can be fined for not carrying or producing a device capable of collecting dog litter.
Officers will also be out in force on beaches and park patrols, and animal owners will be expected to produce a bag to show they are capable of picking up their dog’s litter if required.