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> Dugshots: Glasgow's War On Terriers, Enforcement spotlight turns on canine offenders
post 9th Dec 2011, 12:18am
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City bosses have been getting hot under the collar after their latest attempt to clean our streets was branded "farcical". Bosses want the city's housing officers to keep a photographic record of all tenants' dogs, together with pet's name, age, breed, colour, sex and a written description of each animal.

The 'dugshot' (dog mugshot) policy, adopted by Drumchapel Housing Cooperative and encouraged by the council, is intended to allow enforcement officers to identify dogs who foul on the city's streets. The officers have often complained that dog walkers frequently use hats and scarves to disguise themselves, making it difficult to identify them and trace them back to a housing association's property.

Attention now, though, is turning to the dogs themselves, and council bosses hope a doggie photo database will allow Clean Glasgow staff to check photographs of dogs against CCTV stills to help identify irresponsible owners. Offending dog owners will face a fine and possibly risk losing their homes in the crackdown.

A council executive spokesman said:
"[Photographic] animal registers are another weapon in the battle to change people’s habits and force them to act responsibly."

Nick Pickles, a civil liberties activist, branded the plans over-the-top:
"While it may seem farcical, the serious implications of this kind of surveillance cannot be understated. It is a grossly disproportionate response to the issue to adopt the kind of surveillance not seen since the fall of the Berlin Wall to tackle dog fouling.

It's hardly surprising that between managing these databases of pet mugshots and hiding in hedges taking surveillance photographs the council struggle to find the time to clean the streets."

Since the beginning of August, 109 40 fixed penalty notices have been issued in the city for dog fouling as part of action designed to reduce the 10 tons of dog mess the council clears every day.

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- GG   Dugshots: Glasgow's War On Terriers   9th Dec 2011, 12:18am
- - angel   A better chance of getting the 40pounds fine from ...   9th Dec 2011, 12:36am
- - Rabbie   Wit next dug prints, biometric dugports and DNA sa...   9th Dec 2011, 01:11am
- - jakka13   Who wid want the job of collectimg the DNA from we...   9th Dec 2011, 01:26am
- - Alex MacPhee   QUOTE (GG @ 9th Dec 2011, 12:37am) The of...   9th Dec 2011, 01:42am
- - CAMPSIE   QUOTE (GG @ 8th Dec 2011, 11:37pm) City b...   9th Dec 2011, 02:09am
- - The Callands Rebel   Yes, this Colonist has a word on this, too. I ha...   9th Dec 2011, 02:19am
|- - CAMPSIE   I appreciate where you are coming from Jerry, but ...   9th Dec 2011, 02:31am
- - one time weegie   So its only tenants dogs that foul the streets now...   9th Dec 2011, 02:35am
- - daddymuzza   10 tons of dog mess the council clears every DAY ....   9th Dec 2011, 03:10am
- - youngsy   Surely this is a wind up. Please tell me that thi...   9th Dec 2011, 04:31am
- - beth   Youngsy, that is what I thought, a kid on, it is s...   9th Dec 2011, 04:49am
|- - james mchugh   QUOTE (beth @ 9th Dec 2011, 04:08am) Youn...   9th Dec 2011, 12:13pm
- - zascot   What goes " Woof Woof Bang"? A terrieris...   9th Dec 2011, 06:12am
- - cocotkd   Another waste of taxpayers money. If it wasn't...   9th Dec 2011, 06:50am
- - Austinstaff   What about a dug Bar-L ? We could have dug courts ...   9th Dec 2011, 06:54am
- - *Jungle Jim*   So, we are to believe that this "farcical...   9th Dec 2011, 08:39am
- - tamhickey   You'd think we'd nothing better to spend o...   9th Dec 2011, 09:07am
- - ashfield   I like a good laugh in the morning, can you get wh...   9th Dec 2011, 09:16am
- - Rabbie   Wit dea ye call a dug wi a lisp....Ruth!   9th Dec 2011, 09:24am
- - TeeHeeHee   Jeez ... Ye need eyes at the back o' yer hied ...   9th Dec 2011, 09:30am
|- - Rabbie   QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 9th Dec 2011, 08:49am)...   9th Dec 2011, 09:46am
- - Rabbie   Haw haw, very good! Noo then, this has to be ...   9th Dec 2011, 09:36am
- - ashfield   Great idea Rabbie but................we had a seri...   9th Dec 2011, 10:01am
- - chas1937   What about folk who just open door and let dog out...   9th Dec 2011, 10:33am
- - mlconnelly   As someone who regularly has to walk a slalom cour...   9th Dec 2011, 11:09am
- - sumac   I have laughed and laughed at all your comments...   9th Dec 2011, 11:23am
- - Rabbie   Another simple solution, smack the dug owner on th...   9th Dec 2011, 11:55am
- - jack j   don't these people have more to do with thier ...   9th Dec 2011, 12:04pm
- - jack j   anyway who separates and wieghs the stuff?   9th Dec 2011, 12:07pm
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