IN THE NEWS......
"DOG poop is being sprayed-painted shiny pink and orange to highlight dog-fouling and prevent pedestrians stepping in the smelly mess.
A councillor came up with the idea to combat the nuisance in her area after seeing how mountain rangers were using it to help hillwalkers. Rangers at the nearby Bennachie range have been spraying dogs’ dirt with a biodegradable pink spray paint to enable hill climbers to avoid the mess. Councillor Walker was so impressed she took it upon herself to trial the idea in the streets and local parks
She said: “It’s not a council initiative but residents are so fed up with dog-fouling that I picked up on the idea after speaking to the rangers. “I managed to hunt down a couple of cans of the spray paint through the council. “It’s something residents could do for themselves. I suppose we’re shaming the people that aren’t picking up their dog mess. Councillor Walker “I didn’t have to go far with my spray - I have pink and orange. A lot of people are saying the culprits should be fined but the dog wardens can’t be everywhere. “This is not an anti-dog campaign - it’s a campaign against anti-social behaviour. The most vocal residents are dog owners themselves. "
Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/dog-poop-sprayed-painted-shiny-7205944#Yz9T9Lzv0SwK8Zvp.99
2) Man sent to prison for not licensing a stray cat!
EXCERPTS from the Ottawa Sun January 28, 2016
"Dan Smith was jailed Thursday for not having a Gatineau licence for a cat he says isn’t even his."....
“I’m turning myself in,” Smith told a woman at the front desk of the station. “I’m surrendering.” Smith has been chased for months by animal control officers and police in Gatineau over a $276 charge — fine and court costs — after being found guilty last summer of not having a licence for a cat, as required under municipal bylaw. "
Smith says he bears no resentment against the animal.
Who Smith does blame is an overzealous SPCA officer and a Gatineau bylaw, which requires cats to be licensed, but doesn’t make a distinction for a feral cat such as Winnie. The cat first showed up their door 12 years ago and stuck around because his wife kept feeding it, Smith says.
The officer explained the outstanding fees now came to $326 — which included the fine, court costs and late charges.
When Smith said he wouldn’t be paying the bill, the officer explained he would go by police cruiser to jail to serve three days.
Minutes before arriving at the police station, Smith said his hands were shaking at the thought of jail, but there was no way he was paying the money to stay out. “It’s the principle. Why should I pay a fine if I don’t own a cat?”
In the Toronto Sun :
"He said a surly Outaouais SPCA animal control officer who ticketed him in September 2014 told him: "You feed it, you own it."
In the National Post
"When the SPCA officer arrived at their home in September 2014 over a complaint that he had an unlicensed cat on the premises, he said he explained there was a licensed dog in the house — a black lab named Atticus — but not a cat. The SPCA officer insisted he knew he had a cat, too, and an unlicensed one.
“I said, ‘Do what you want. I don’t own a cat.’ So the guy comes back and I said: ‘Look, I told you I don’t own a cat. Will you get the hell out of here?'” The SPCA officer left and returned with two Gatineau police officers. Soon after, he was handed the ticket. “You feed it, you own it,” the SPCA officer told him.