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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)

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  • mervyn Friday, 04 November 2011 04:45 AM

    How about the Human urinating in public places? Can the police fine them too?

    kaluwa Friday, 04 November 2011 04:54 AM

    phew !!! cats are exempted....

    Rajitha Seneviratne Friday, 04 November 2011 05:11 AM

    what about the stary dogs..They are all over, worse is the Nugegoda town. Pehaphs the Kotte Municipal council should send its elected members to collect the droppings.

    Oyage sudu kella Friday, 04 November 2011 05:19 AM

    Good move. Pls do something about spitting, too. Thanks.

    chinthaka Friday, 04 November 2011 05:31 AM

    Very good,but who will collect the poo of stray dogs.So get rid of these stray dogs,who become a menace to the society.(Kill them & don't waste public money to make orphanages & feed them,because we are already spending so much money on rabies injections which are very costly.)

    dhammika Wednesday, 09 November 2011 07:54 PM

    Good idea !

    This is the law in USA & Canada as well and it is tightly enforced by all major cities/municipilities. I believe it is atleast a $100 (probably more) fine for not cleaning up after your pet.

    chinthaka Friday, 04 November 2011 05:36 AM

    You are very correct Mr.Wahid.I am with you.

    kudu Friday, 04 November 2011 06:06 AM

    there is a serious problem with stray dogs
    in the colombo 13,14 and 15 areas
    so many school children have been bitten
    children running across the street in fear of the dogs have been knocked down by vehicles
    garbage the area is really a mess.

    Wara Friday, 04 November 2011 06:15 AM

    you can do that.

    Imran Hussein Friday, 04 November 2011 06:56 AM

    Yes please do something and band clearings in public loudly.

    Elizabeth Friday, 04 November 2011 07:01 AM

    Men are seen all over the streets urinating, which is a shame to look at, they too have to carry a potty with them instead of watering the public walls and trees or the police should fine them

    Elizabeth Friday, 04 November 2011 07:02 AM

    There are people chewing bulath and spitting from vehicles, buses and cars, while waling on the streets they spit all over, these people definitely have to fined by the police

    Tony Haniffa Friday, 04 November 2011 07:03 AM

    Better take quik action otherwise in the future there will be more dog owners in the city .

    James Bond 007 Friday, 04 November 2011 07:13 AM

    Good move and we need to get rid of the stray dogs and cats too

    idiot Friday, 04 November 2011 08:27 AM

    excellent move & Charge a TAX from Owners. See the quantity of dog foods imported to country. We are still a poor country.

    S Bandara Friday, 04 November 2011 08:41 AM

    Should be a high priority because nobody to carry bags for those stray dogs.

    aswin Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:09 PM

    What about getting rid of the stray dogs before that

    Silly Cecille Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:38 PM

    Very good move. One step towards taking us into a civilized society.

    V. Puran Appu Friday, 04 November 2011 12:30 AM

    Good move.

    azath Friday, 04 November 2011 01:25 AM

    This is a very good move.

    LOVE LANKA Friday, 04 November 2011 01:42 AM

    Nice Idea. Actually, in Japan, you can see every person who takes their pet(s) for a walk, carrying bags to collect their pet's feces. Sri Lankans also should take care of thier own living environment - "to make it better place for YOU and me!"

    Abdul Wahid Friday, 04 November 2011 01:51 AM

    Well, very good move to protect the enviornment as well as the step to bring this Colombo is one of the beautiful city how ever how about the stray dogs feces, who should collect theirs, not only vihara maha park, beaches (Gall Face), ever corner of Colombo, those creature troubling the public, shoul find the solution working to eradicate rabies and control the street-dog population in a humane, scientific way.

    Problems caused by stray dogs
    Rabies–a fatal disease which can be transmitted to humans. Although all warm-blooded animals can get and transmit rabies, dogs are the most common carrier.

    Dog bites-Most occur when dogs are trying to mate and fighting among themselves–pedestrians and other humans in the vicinity often get bitten accidentally. Females with pups to protect may also be aggressive and bite people who approach their litter.

    Barking and howling–an accompaniment to dog fights which invariably take place over mating.

    bhumi Friday, 04 November 2011 02:00 AM

    Excellent idea

    loku Friday, 04 November 2011 11:41 AM

    How many Sri Lankans can afford to buy imported bags of dog food? They can barely afford to buy chicken for the family.

    Asarana Kolla Friday, 04 November 2011 02:10 AM

    Meanwhile please catch all stray dogs in all streets & have a dogs orphanage. If public needs pups or dogs they can buy for money from here too, and also should implement dogs tags/license too. Even for cats. There are many of them if you go to streets. Many of these pets get accidents to vehicles and create big damages to public. Please looking to these suggestions.

    Sanchu Friday, 04 November 2011 03:32 AM

    Good Move. But do something for stray dogs also.

    Shanaz Friday, 04 November 2011 03:38 AM

    Superb idia..

    Dee Friday, 04 November 2011 03:47 AM

    who will have to carry bags for all the street pooches?

    Citizen Friday, 04 November 2011 03:59 AM

    very good move. While making it compulsory the dog owners can be given the option to carry a 'potty' with them, depending on their status, when they walk their dogs!


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