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    French Town Uses Cameras to Fine Dog Owners

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    A suburb in Paris had decided to go to an extreme level, hoping to catch canine owners who rudely leave behind their dog’s feces on public streets.

    There’s nothing that can ruin a day quite like stepping in dog poo. A suburb in Paris had decided to go to an extreme level, hoping to catch canine owners who rudely leave behind their dog’s feces on public streets.

    Authorities in Montereau-Fault-Yvonne are going to be using already installed close-circuit television cameras, commonly referred to as CCTVs, in an effort to punish pooch owners. The deputy mayor stated “Between 10 and 20 dog owners dirty the town. It’s a plague, the locals are always complaining to me about it.”

    It’s estimated the dog poop costs the town roughly $268,000 annually to clean up. Previously town officials tried putting up posters and installing stations holding clean up bags, but those not-so-subtle attempts at bringing awareness to the messy situation failed. Dog poo still posed a problem.

    The surveillance cameras will allow town authorities to seek out and punish the canine owners. If caught, they will face a fine of $47.

    Over the past decade, the suburb has installed about 60 CCTVs to crack down on crime.

    The effort is a step in the right direction, as Paris was named the ‘Dog Mess Capital of the World' in 2001.