Now, one town has come up with a clever way to keep doggie doo off its streets - and remind owners of their responsibilities.
It sends the offending deposits back to the owners marked ‘Lost Property’.
The council of Brunete, a small town some 20 miles west of Madrid, launched the campaign to crackdown on irresponsible dog owners.
During the course of a week a team of 20 volunteers patrolled the town’s streets on the lookout for dog owners who failed to scoop.
They then approached the guilty owner and struck up a casual conversation to discover the name of the dog.
“With the name of the dog and the breed it was possible to identify the owner from the registered pet database held in the town hall,” explained a spokesman from the council.
The volunteers then scooped up the excrement and packaged it in a box branded with town hall insignia and marked ‘Lost Property’ and delivered by courier to the pet owner’s home.
In all, 147 ‘express poop’ deliveries were made during the course of the week in February and the town with 10,000 residents has since reported a 70 per cent drop in the amount of dog mess found in its streets