There have been calls to enforce a ban on keeping dogs in high-rise flats in the wake of a pet mauling five people in a Leith tower block.
That’ll be this case, where the first cops on the scene cowered behind a dustbin (I’m only surprised Inspector Gadget didn’t leap on it as yet another reason why all front-line officers should be armed).
And, of course, since the problem is chavscum with dangerous dogs they can’t control, the answers is a blanket ban on any dog:
As part of the tenancy agreement signed by everyone who lives in council-owned high rises, it is forbidden to own any kind of dog as a pet. But these rules have been relaxed – both formally and informally – meaning more pets are being spotted in the landings and corridors of the flats.
Cllr Munro said it was important not to unfairly target responsible dog owners, although residents’ groups said the local authority should go further and issue a complete ban.
How can you propose an outright, inflexible ban and not unfairly target responsible dog owners, then?
He said: “There is a clear need to review policy so that tenants and concierges are clear what is and is not allowed. I appreciate there is a world of difference between Winnie the widow with her westie and Darren the dealer with his doberman, it is how this is discerned and managed that I hope will be tackled by this report.”
Why do you hope that, since it almost never works out that way?
Winnie with the Westie gets hounded to an early grave by bullying council officials too scared to tackle Darren. That’s how it always turns out. The path of least resistance, remember?
However, Betty Stevenson, convener of the Edinburgh Tenants Federation, said: “It’s very simple, it says in the tenancy agreement that no dogs are allowed.“I don’t think we can have rules for some and rules for others. No-one living in a high rise should have a dog, whoever they are. It’s by far the most complained about issue we get, whether it’s the intimidation factor or dog mess.
“High flats are no places for dogs – it’s cruel to keep them in there and I hope the council acts.”
Ahhh, another small-minded idiot happy to lord it over others, and far too dim to see that there’s a world of difference between a teacup Chihuahua and a pointer, in terms of need for exercise. Hard and fast rulings are the meat and drink to people like these.
And they are why the best intentions of Cllr Munro are doomed to failure.