CALPE town hall will target dog-owners in a two-month campaign reminding them to clean up after their pets.
Despite a newly-passed bylaw and the threat of hefty fines, Calpe’s Majorana Sala announced at the last plenary council meeting that these will not be imposed during the campaign. Under the new regulations, €650 fines await dog-owners who allow their animals to foul pavements and public places or do not wash down places where they have urinated.
The bylaw was approved with votes in favour from the Partido Popular to which Ana Sala belongs, Ciudadanos and Defendamos Calpe. The PSOE socialists abstained, while Compromis voted against the motion. The town hall hopes that the regulations will result in cleaner and healthier public places while protecting street furniture and lamp posts.
“This bylaw does not set out to sanction citizens but to make them more aware so that between us all we can make Calpe cleaner,” the mayor said. To encourage dog-owners, the town hall is distributing free bottles so that they can rinse away urine as well as leaflets explaining the purpose of the campaign.