Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:07
Claire........I don't think there was a new law exactly ...I think it just eventually got top billing. Perhaps also that local councils were forever clearing dog mess and it began to be expensive ? Also the toxic element of the faeces....same for cat faeces too.
If you can remember when it was the norm not to pick up the dog crap, you may remember when it was the norm to license your dog ? I've got a feeling that went by the board in the 1970's sometime ? When I had a dog in the late 60's/ early 70's, I can remember religiously trotting down to the PO with my 7 shillings and 6 pence to licence my dog ...........I guess that probably went by the board because so many dog owners didn't bother and it wasn't worth the expense of chasing people up.
At the risk of being controversial, cat's only don't go out on leads because their owners don't bother. They can be trained to accept the same life style as a dog....they are not wild animals but need their owners to realise this fact. Just as you or I would be embarrassed to remember not clearing up after our pets, one wonders why cat owners don't feel the same ?
Bells.....yes it would certainly help........my neighbour's cats still persist in going after the young birds despite all attempts to deter them