Owners could face fines as dog control orders come into force

FIVE dog control orders will come into force in Calderdale next week.

Calderdale Council is introducing the orders on Monday, September 3, to promote responsible dog ownership and to highlight the issues of dog fouling, dog control, and care for the environment.

After extensive consultation last year, the original proposals were amended to strike a balance between the needs of dog walkers and other users of public outdoor areas. The controls which must be followed are as follows:

l Dog walkers must clean up after their dogs everywhere except in moorland and woodland.

l Dogs will not be allowed into any fenced children’s play area, or on to a limited number of specifically identified sports pitches and bowling greens, tennis courts and skate ramps.

l Dogs will be required to be on a lead on roads and pavements, around unfenced outdoor play equipment, and in public ornamental gardens, public car parks, and on religious and school premises.

l Throughout Calderdale, authorised officers can require dog walkers to put and keep dogs on leads if dogs are causing a nuisance.

l A maximum of six dogs can be walked in a limited number of recreational spaces in the borough.

People who do not comply with any of the orders will be subject to an £80 fixed penalty, reduced to £50 if paid within ten days.

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said that the council is introducing the new control orders to provide clarity for people, and to bring up to date all dog-related powers in Calderdale, some of which date back to 1875.

“These orders will reinforce good practice and common sense used by responsible dog owners in the borough,” he said.

Mark Thompson, the council’s head of housing and environment, said: “The council intends to put up clear signs so that dog walkers and visitors will fully understand which orders apply and where.

“We will also be installing additional street litter bins for dog walkers to use in areas that clearly require them.”