THE Kennel Club is urging responsible dog owners to join in the consultation on new control orders.
They are primarily designed to make people clean up after their pets and keep animals off sports pitches.
“These orders are becoming more common as councils attempt to find ways to control dog fouling and rein in irresponsible dog owners but unfortunately, this often means responsible owners are also penalised and have to suffer restrictions,” said spokeswoman Caroline Kisko.
“We want to alert people and ensure the fairest outcome for all, so we would encourage as many people as possible to look at the current proposals and make their thoughts known,” she said.
Calderdale Council is proposing to introduce five dog control orders: a fouling of land by dogs order which would make it an offence for a person in control of a dog to not clean up its waste; a dog exclusion order which would highlight areas within the district where dogs are not allowed; a dogs on lead order which would make it an offence for a dog to be off lead in certain designated areas; a dogs on lead by direction order which gives appointed officials the authority to request that a dog is put on a lead; and a dogs (specified maximum) order which would limit the number of dogs allowed under the control of one person.
The council’s environment spokesman Barry Collins said there had been a huge response to the proposals.
“There have been lots of suggestions about what the council and the community might do to address the issue of dog fouling.
“We cannot expect to enforce the orders right across Calderdale but we have the information and the orders will give us to power to enforce them in problem areas,” said Coun Collins.
The consultation which began on October 3 runs until November 4. Questionnaires are available from council offices and on the council’s website.
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