Harsher fines for irresponsible dog owners

December 6, 2018

Leeds city council have announced that they are implementing harsher penalties for dog owners who do not clean up after their pets. 

By James Brennan

Under the new legislation, dogs are also banned from city run tennis courts and leisure facilities

Under the new legislation, dogs are also banned from city run tennis courts and leisure facilities.

Coming into force at the beginning of this month, new dog control orders require anyone walking a dog to carry a bag or have some other way to pick up and remove their dog’s mess. The new legislation actually came into effect back in July 2018, however the council took the decision to allow a number of months ‘grace period’ for the education of dog walkers on the necessary responsibilities and for people to get used to the new rules.

Public Space Protection Orders

The control orders fall under Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)  which builds on previous orders that  include the dog wardens powers to ask owners to put a dog on a lead and the maximum number of dogs that can be walked at any one time.

For a PSPO to be implemented, the local council must deem that the behavior that is being restricted is:

  • Having or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
  • Is persistent or continuing in nature
  • Is reasonable
  • Justifies the restrictions imposed

The fixed penalty notice for anyone not adhering to the new orders is £100, or £80 if you pay the fine within 10 days.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique said in a statement: “The primary aim is to encourage good habits throughout the city. With the co-operation of residents, visitors and businesses, we hope to see a great improvement throughout Leeds resulting in high standards of cleanliness.

“We don’t want to have to fine people, so it is a simple case of doing the right thing, putting litter in the bin and picking up their dog’s mess.”

To find out more about the fines and restrictions in place, please visit; https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/environmental-health/responsible-dog-ownership

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