Several regions in Spain already have a law that demands that all dog owners clean up their dog’s poo. In 2016, Madrid introduced a law, that stated that all owners who didn’t clean up the poo of their canine would be penalised. Either with a €750 fine or a weekend of municipal cleaning duty. In Málaga, compulsory DNA profiling was ordered for an estimated 100,000 dogs in the city during 2017 in an attempt to curb the dog poo problem. These measures lead to a drastic drop in canine excrement in the street.
The next step is now to tackle the smelly dog urine problem.
In March a new law in Seville, Spain comes into effect. The law regulates that all dog owners, or anyone who takes them for a walk (even if they are not the owner), must carry a bottle of water mixed with disinfectant to clean their dog’s urine deposited in the street. This includes urine on lampposts, walls and pavements. The measure follows pressure from neighbourhood groups with residents complaining about the smell of dog urine.
Breaking this law will lead to fines ranging from 75 to 500 euros, depending on the severity of the felony. Last year the city of Almería enforced the same law and other regions are now likely to follow suit.