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NBBC won’t tolerate irresponsible dog owners

Published on Tuesday, 27th June 2017

NBBC is clamping down on irresponsible dog owners with a new Dog Control Public Space Protection Order, which comes into effect on 1 July 2017 and replaces the existing Dog Control Orders.

The new Order continues the requirement for owners to pick up dog fouling, keep dogs on leads in certain places and keep dogs out of certain sensitive areas. The fixed penalty for owners not complying with the Order has increased to £100, reduced to £80 if paid within the first 10 days. Owners who do not pay the fixed penalty fine could face a prosecution resulting in a criminal record, a fine of up to £1000 and having to cover the Council’s legal costs.

The Council’s Animal Warden Team will be working with enforcement partner, NSL to put the Order into force. NSL has a successful track record in tackling offences in this field and already supports the Council with the enforcement of littering offences. The partnership with NSL effectively increases the number of officers on the ground to monitor and tackle non-compliance.

Barry Longden, Cabinet Member with responsibility for environmental health said:

The vast majority of dog owners are considerate and responsible, not only for their pet's well-being but also for the impact on other residents and visitors to the Borough.

However, in order to address complaints relating to a minority of inconsiderate owners, it has been necessary to introduce a new Order with stronger powers. I welcome the Order as it gives the Council more clout to deal with this type of anti-social behaviour.” 

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