Owners who allowed dogs to foul path fined

DOG owners in Todmorden who allow their pets to foul on the Rochdale Canal towpath have been among those who have been fined by Calderdale Council in the last two months.

The news comes as Calderdale Council prepares to consider the public response to consultation on its draft Dog Control Orders at its Cabinet meeting on March 12. Five new orders are proposed to control dog fouling and access by dogs to certain areas.

If approved by Cabinet, the new Orders would see fines for dog fouling increased to £80, reduced to £50 for early payment.

Dogs would be banned from fenced children’s play areas and would need to be on a lead in areas such as cemeteries and allotments. But the number of sports pitches from which dogs would be banned has been reduced, reflecting lack of flat land for exercising dogs in some parts of the borough.

Dogs would not have to be on a lead on the canal towpath, but officers could direct dogs causing a nuisance to be put on a lead in open areas across the borough.