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New Dog Control Orders

Following consultation with residents, Mansfield District Council is introducing new powers to help tackle irresponsible dog ownership.

These new measures are called Dog Control Orders and will come into force on 1 January 2013.

There are three dog control orders in total coming into force which are designed to replace existing powers, such as those covering dog fouling. They will also enhance the Council's powers to tackle issues such as prohibiting dogs from certain children's play areas and sports arenas.

Dog Control Order 1 replaces existing powers with regards to dog fouling.  The fixed penalty notices issued to dog owners who fail to remove dog mess on public land will increase from £50 to £75. This brings it in line with other fines already in place for offences such as littering and graffiti.

Dog Control Order 2 introduces the offence of failing to put a dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer of the Council.  This order is intended to help Council officers deal with nuisance dogs where they are causing a disturbance to other members of the public.  This order is in no way intended to help tackle dangerous dogs - all powers and responsibility to tackle dangerous dogs rests with the Police and not the Council.

Dog Control Order 3 prohibits dogs from entering enclosed children's play areas and enclosed sporting facilities (such as tennis courts, bowling greens, etc.).  This order helps ensure that areas where children are most likely to play are kept free from both dog faeces and nuisance dogs.

Failure to comply with any of these orders can result in the issue of a fixed penalty notice of £75.

Cases which go to court can incur penalties of up to £1,000.

Dog faeces are linked to health risks, including toxocara canis, which can cause stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and even blindness. The parasite can remain in the soil for many years, even after the dog mess has weathered away.

If you have any queries regarding these orders, please contact the Dog Control section of the Council on 01623 463 189 or email dogcontrol@mansfield.gov.uk

To report dog fouling in the Mansfield District call 01623 463 463.

Published 18 December 2012

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