A COSTA council has come up with a new idea to try to encourage pet owners to clear up after their dogs in public.
Fuengirola Council has created Fuengirolo, a giant dog mascot that will wander the streets handing out bones and bags to help dog owners pick up their pets’ poops.
Although Mayor Ana Mula said that most dog owners do pick up after their pets, a small portion still leave the mess behind causing hygiene problems and giving the town a bad image.
“We need to raise awareness because at almost every meeting I go to, somebody complains about dog mess. I want to stress that it is not the animals’ fault, it’s up to their owners to clear up after them,” the mayor explained.
Fuengirolo will also be visiting local schools over the next few weeks to educate youngsters on the importance of being a responsible pet owner.
Owners are reminded that failing to clear up their dogs’ mess on public streets could result in fines of between €301 and €1,500.