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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The new Dog Control Orders introduced by the Council replace complex and out of date legislation previously in place and make the laws which apply as clear for everyone.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 below:
• Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded;
• 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 so;

 

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 the Borough.

 

Zero tolerance will begin in February 2013 which will mean anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice.

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