Educational campaign underway for new Dog Control Orders
A campaign to raise awareness and educate residents on new Dog
Control Orders is now underway in Bedford Borough.
The campaign continues until the new year and is intended to inform
and educate local residents, dog owners and anyone who is likely to
be walking a dog in a public area of their responsibilities under
the new orders.
The new Dog Control Orders introduced by the Council replace
complex and out of date legislation previously in place and make
the laws which apply as clear for everyone.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “In the same way
that we have pursued a zero tolerance approach to littering on
the Borough’s streets, we have now given ourselves the best
possible tools to crack down on dog fouling and other offences
carried out by irresponsible dog owners.
“The vast majority of dog owners act responsibly and recognise
that there is no excuse for failing to remove dog mess, for
example, which is a health hazard as well as being extremely
unpleasant and a criminal offence. That is why we have
introduced Dog Control Orders, which make the laws clear to
everyone and will allow us to take the strongest action against
those who persist in failing to take responsibility and look after
their dog in a safe manner.”
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 enables the
Council to implement the new orders, which provide for the offences
• Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are
• Failing to remove dog mess;
• Not keeping a dog on a lead;
• Not putting, and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do
Information relating to Dog Control Orders can be found on our
website at - www.bedford.gov.uk/dogcontrolorders.
You will also be able to view copies of all the plans of
designated areas that will apply to parks and open spaces across
Zero tolerance will begin in February 2013 which will mean
anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a £75 Fixed