Fined ?1,000 for long dog leash
Jun 11th 2010 at 9:00AM
Filed under: Weird and Wonderful
There was a time when a dog was a man's best friend - a slightly unpredictable one if you're Obama! Now he's his financial liability. If you're not facing a ?1,000 fine for your pooch's ability to soil the streets without you noticing, you're being sued for the trauma caused by an over-enthusiastic greeting of a postman.
And now it seems you could be fined if your dog's lead is too long.
The rule stipulates that leads cannot be any longer than 6ft 8inches. It has been part of the armory of local wardens since the last government brought in its laughable Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act. However, while a few London councils have brought in the rule, it hadn't spread until now.
This week wardens in Greater Manchester were told they had to clamp down on dog walkers with longer leads.
The idea is that if you have a shorter lead you are more likely to clean up after your pet, because at a distance you either can't see them up to their tricks, or you can't be bothered to walk all the way over to them in order to clean up their little gift to the world.
There will be those who support the move - those who spend an inordinate amount of time scraping the bottom of their shoes on spare pieces of grass after a run-in with a rogue dog owner.
However, there are those who will think it's barking mad. It certainly seems a touch on the heavy-handed side, as they are essentially fining someone for being more likely to break the law. By the same token you should surely be able to fine people for buying a car than can do more than the speed limit, or for buying anything in a carrier bag, which they may later use to litter the streets with.
So what do you think? Is this yet another sign of the rules brought in by the last government to turn us all into criminals and squeeze every penny possible