Dog owners told to scoop the poop or face penalty

As of Monday, pet owners who do not clean up after their animals face being fined by their local authority.

A new law that seeks to penalize pet owners who do not take care of their furry friends will come into effect on Monday, introducing penalties of up to 30,000 euros. Owners who do not clean up the mess pets leave behind will face fines of 100 euros; if they do not provide their municipality with proof that the animal has been electronically registered, the fine will be 300 euros.

If drivers hurt an animal in an accident and abandon the scene, they will also be fined 300 euros.

The sale of an animal less than eight weeks old will carry a fine of 1,000 euros, while anyone found guilty of abusing their pet will face a financial penalty of up to 30,000 euros.

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