Irresponsible dog owners face fines of up to £1,000

PUBLISHED: 06:43 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010

THE majority of East Devon's dog owners are responsible, says the district council. It is focusing on the minority, who are not so careful, to protect the wider community.

THE majority of East Devon's dog owners are responsible, says the district council.It is focusing on the minority, who are not so careful, to protect the wider community.To avoid a complicated list of new byelaws, the council is proposing to introduce a set of new Dog Control Orders, made possible by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.Town and parish councils have been allowed to put forward suggested sites for the orders, in addition to around 20 new enclosed play areas proposed by the district authority."The proposed orders would ban dogs from certain areas, require dog mess to be picked up on all open land where the public is entitled to go and, in some areas, require dogs to be kept on leads," said a spokesperson."Under new Dog Control Orders, all offences are punishable by a fine of up to £1,000 following conviction. For first offences, officers may issue a fixed penalty notice with a fine of £80."The council is also considering the use of Dog Control Orders to make it an offence not to put, and keep, a dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer, and for one person to take more than six dogs at a time on public land."The public has until Friday (January 23) to comment on the proposals. A further 28-day consultation period will follow.The proposals can be viewed on the dog warden section of the district council's website or at town council offices.Comments can be emailed to environmentalhealth @eastdevon.gov.uk or sent to Mrs R Wright at Knowle.


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