DOG owners who walk their pets but don’t clean up after it is an increasing problem within the Nicosia municipality, which has launched an awareness campaign on the issue.
The campaign is titled: ‘Behind each dog we are looking for a responsible citizen not an uncaring owner’.
As part of the effort, municipal workers are visiting parks handing out flyers and plastic bags to people walking their dog.
The flyers list dog owners’ responsibilities, tips for looking after a pet and the penalties of not complying with the law.
Not cleaning after a dog can lead to a fine of €1,700 and/or up to 12 months in jail.
The municipality has placed 95 warning signs throughout the city, especially around parks and dog-walking routes. The signs urge people to clean after their pets and lists the penalties for failing to do so.
“The campaign’s aim is to send the message that loving and caring for animals, proper treatment and ensuring their well-being should be accompanied with respect to our fellow citizens and to the environment in general,” an announcement said.
Up to now municipality workers have visited four major parks and 75 streets.
“Municipality efforts aren’t enough to achieve the campaign’s goal. We need the cooperation of the public,” the announcement said.