DOG walkers on the Costa del Sol will now be FINED if they don’t clean up their pet’s urine as well.
Now Dog Walkers in Benalmadena will now have to wash the wee away with water and vinegar or soap following a change in the local legislation yesterday.
“With this change we have
responded to a demand from a majority of citizens who complained about dog
urine on lampposts and outside their homes,” said mayor Victor Navas.
These new changes aim to raise awareness that having a pet entails responsibility and collaboration to keep the streets clean for other users.
The town hall said the move was aimed at reducing the odor of dog urine which in some parts has become overwhelming.
It noted that many Spanish cities see dog walkers carry a bottle filled with water and vinegar for when their furry friend empties their bladder on the street.
According to the new law, dogs are now officially forbidden from urinating on street furniture, buildings and vehicles.
Owners must be armed with a bottle of water and soap or vinegar to wash the wee off public roads or be fined.
They must also try to use dog designated areas where possible.
Policia Local now have the right to fine dog walkers who break the new guidelines, although by how much has not been announced.
Other parts of Spain are due to follow these new laws in the new year.