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City Calls on Dog Owners to Clean Up

The city authorities are asking dog owners to clean up after their pets in public areas, as the city considers it to be unsanitary on the streets, squares and pavements of the city. Mbl.is quoted a statement on the official city website emphasizing that “it is important to clean up after your dog in order to keep the city clean.”

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The Reykjavík city Hall. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“Dog owners should be aware of the importance of obliging the rules concerning dog keeping, and therefore creating a pleasant dog culture in the city,” the city authorities told mbl.is when asked about the regulations requiring dog owners to keep their dog on a leash. The Department of Health believes that when the rules are broken an atmosphere of fear, discomfort and even danger arises.

In the city of Reykjavík, dogs are only allowed to run loose in designated areas, and areas far from inhabited regions.

To keep the streets of Reykjavík clean, pet shops have introduced a leash with a bag in which to place dog poo.

In the last year, reports of dogs attacking humans have caused several dogs to be put down. Dog owners have suggested there is a great need for first time dog owners to attend a mandatory training course to prevent further attacks, especially on children who might not know how to behave around dogs.

In the community of Akranes, located on the west coast of Iceland about 30 minutes from Reykjavík, one man brings his dog to local day care centers to teach children how to behave around dogs in the hope of preventing unnecessary attacks.

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