Dog lovers are advised to carry a bag to collect the feces of the animals as the police can file a case against any dog owner on the basis that the animal polluted the environment, the police said.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said that although Sri Lanka does not have a law unlike in other countries that pet owners should carry a bag to collect their feces, police can still file a case against such individuals for polluting the environment.
He also said that persons in the neighbourhood too can complain to the police if dogs are taken for walks by their owners and they defecate in front of their gates or premises.
The main objective of setting up police environment protection units is to combat the pollution of the environment, he said. According to the police, protecting the environment was not the responsibility of the government alone. The bigger responsibility lies with the public to keep their household environment clean and tidy which was the key to protect the environment at national level.
The police have set up 143 environment protection units islandwide to arrest such individuals and to combat the pollution of the environment in every police division. (Supun Dias)