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Council Consults on Continuing Controls on Dogs in Public

Published Friday, 31 July 2020

Ribble Valley Borough Council has launched a consultation into whether controls on dogs in public should be continued.

The council introduced a public space protection order, or PSPO, in 2017 to tackle the scourge of dog poop in public and make the borough cleaner, safer and healthier.

Now it wants the views of residents on whether the order should be extended for another three years.

The order makes it an offence to:

  • Not pick up after your dog has fouled in public
  • Not be in possession of pet poop bags
  • Let your dog off its lead in Clitheroe Cemetery
  • Allow your dog to enter a playground or sports pitch
  • Refuse to put your pet on a lead if asked by a dog warden
  • Be in charge of more than four dogs at once

And anyone breaching the order faces a £100 fixed penalty notice or day in court and fine of up to £1,000.

The consultation asks a range of questions to help establish whether the order should be extended for another three years.

The council’s head of environmental health, Ken Robinson, said: “Public space protection orders are intended to deal with a nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the community’s quality of life.

“We adopted an order in 2017 to help make the borough cleaner, safer and healthier after receiving hundreds of complaints about dog fouling each year and spending thousands of pounds disposing of it.

“Now we want to hear from residents, dog owners or otherwise, on whether they want to see the order continue.”

The consultation runs until midnight on Sunday 13 September, and is available at Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation.

 

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