Closer to tough controls on dogs

COUNCIL leaders have agreed to begin consulting on plans to crack down on irresponsible dog owners.

They want backing to introduce five new Control Orders which will ban animals from sports pitches, compel pets to be on a lead on footpaths, in car parks and other public areas, and force owners to clean-up after their dogs.

The new powers are designed to bring dog control in Calderdale up to date, clarify the rules and beef up enforcement powers for 55 authorised officers.

The council gets about 700 complaints a year about dog fouling and dozens more about animals out of control.

Councillor Barry Collins told Calderdale Council Cabinet it was vital to hear people’s views about the balance between public protection and legitimate enjoyment of parks and open spaces before making the new orders.