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Pet Peeve: Clean up after your dog, or Pay

Next time you take your dog out for his or her ‘business’, remember, BMC is watching.

Next time you take your dog out for his or her ‘business’, remember, BMC is watching. As part of an ongoing drive to make owners responsible for their pet’s poop, the civic body is imposing fines on violators, and 16 dog owners have already been penalised ₹500 each for letting their dogs relieve themselves on city roads without cleaning up after them. The drive is being conducted by the ward office in Malabar Hill and Tardeo to create awareness among pet owners.

The move comes after complaints of pets relieving themselves on roadsides, with residents pointing to norms in many other countries which ensure owners clean up. The BMC’s D Ward includes Malabar Hill, Tardeo, Girgaum Chowpatty, Peddar Road, Napean Sea Road and Mahalaxmi — areas with a lot of pet owners, mostly dogs — from where officials have been receiving complaints of dog poop left unattended. The matter became a menace for daily walkers and joggers who also pointed out hygiene issues.

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