in a village near Madrid are receiving unpleasant home deliveries
when they omit to clear up after their pets in the street – the
council is 'returning' the excrement to them.
20 volunteers taken on by the council of Brunete, in the Madrid
region, have been closely watching dog-walkers and approaching them
where they do not pick up and dispose of the animals' number twos.
of directly accusing them, the volunteers strike up a conversation
with the owner on 'how lovely' their dogs are and ask
'interested-sounding' questions on his or her breed and name.
information is enough to identify the owners and find out their
addresses from the town hall register, and the excrement is then
parcelled up and hand-delivered as a 'lost and found' item.
to the embarrassment, when council workers present pet-owners with
their 'lost property', they are often caught on hidden camera.
result of this unusual campaign, the amount of dog-mess seen on the
streets of Brunete has reduced by 70 per cent.
not sure whether that's because they're more afraid of getting their
dogs' excrement delivered back to them than of being fined,” says a
general, the campaign has been well-accepted, although a lot of
people have called for designated areas to be set up where dogs can
do their 'bits and bobs' – like everything, there are opinions for
campaign, which mayor Borja Gutiérrez says costs next to nothing –
unlike previous 'awareness' drives and fine warnings – has gone
viral on Twitter under the hashtag #cacaexpress (literally,