Bergerac, in Dordogne, south-west France, known for hosting many tourists, wants to be ‘clean and welcoming’: it has created a fine of up to 750 euros for any owner who fails to pick up the droppings of his dog in the public space.
“People accompanied by a dog are obliged to proceed immediately, by any appropriate means, to the collection of the droppings of this animal” in the streets, parks, gardens, etc., stipulates the municipal decree of April 11.
“Ensuring public safety and health”
The fine of 750 euros is probably the highest in France, according to a deputy of the majority specialist in animal issues and veterinarian Loïc Dombreval. “Dog droppings can be a real scourge in some municipalities, and this ends up stigmatizing dogs and their owners in particular,” he commented.
1,000 euros fine in Obernai (Bas-Rhin)
In Obernai, offenders who fail to pick up their dog’s droppings, or even who are caught throwing a cigarette butt on the ground, are liable to a fine of 1,000 euros since July 1, as written the latest news from Alsace. This is the highest amount in France.
The measure, voted in municipal council at the end of the first three confinements, aimed to create an electric shock in this tourist city of Bas-Rhin. The deterrent effect seems to have played out: six months after its implementation, no fine of this amount had been issued.
At the town hall of Bergerac, we defend a measure supposed to “ensure public safety and health”.
The town hall also imposes to bring “at least two collection bags during daily walks” under penalty of a fine of up to 38 euros, knowing that these bags are distributed free of charge.
Foie gras, truffles, castles, vineyards like Monbazillac…: located a short two-hour drive from Bordeaux, Bergerac lives largely from tourism and is known as the capital of the “purple Périgord” because of the color of the wine and vineyards in the fall.