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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

THE fine for dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets has been doubled by the Scottish Parliament.

The fixed penalty for dog fouling is being increased from £40 to £80 to bring it in to line with the fine for littering.

It will take effect on April 1 across the country, including here in Dumfries and Galloway.
The Government is also considering how to develop a more robust system to tackle the issue of collecting unpaid penalties.
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Paul Wheelhouse, said: “We believe the increased penalty will act as a greater deterrent for people who do not take responsibility for their pets and clean up after them.”

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