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Residents Consulted on Dog Controls

Published Friday, 24 January 2014

Residents in Ribble Valley have until 28 February to comment on proposed orders requiring dog owners to clean up after their pets and keep them under control in public.

The dog control orders will see pet owners face fines of up to £1,000 in a magistrates' court or fixed penalty notices of at least £50 for anti-social pet behaviour.

Five orders have been approved in principle by the council's community services committee following the ongoing problem of dog poop in public places, particularly on playing fields.

The orders are now subject to public consultation with a view to becoming law by the summer.

They will require pet owners to remove dog faeces from public land, including footpaths and fields, keep their dogs on leads when instructed to do so by a dog enforcement officer and prohibit dogs from sports pitches, playing fields and children's playgrounds.

Ribble Valley Borough Council's head of environmental health, James Russell, said: "Complaints about dog issues are the second highest received by the council each year and the new orders will enable us to deal with these matters more effectively.

"They will also give our dog enforcement officers greater powers to deal with offenders.

"Irresponsible dog owners will no longer be able to use ignorance as an excuse for not controlling their pets and the message is simple: The days of allowing dogs to foul in public are over, so pick up your pet mess everywhere, every time."

Ribble Valley Borough Council receives over 200 complaints about dog fouling and spends £30,000 disposing of it each year.

Dog faeces take two months to break down and can give humans a number of infections, including toxocariasis, which can cause breathing difficulties, red and painful eyes, or clouded vision, particularly in young people.

The five orders are outlined in full at Consultation on Proposed Dog Control Orders. Responses should be submitted in writing to James Russell, Head of Environmental Health, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA, or by email to  by 28 February.

To report dog fouling or for further information, contact Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

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