Strict rules for dog owners set to come into force

FIVE dog control orders will come into force on Monday, September 3.

Calderdale Council is introducing the orders to promote responsible dog ownership and to highlight the issues of dog fouling, dog control, and care for our 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.

Dog owners must clean up after their dogs everywhere except in moorland and woodland, they are not allowed in any fenced children’s play area or to a limited number of specifically identified sports pitches and bowling greens, tennis courts and skate ramps.

Dogs must 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.

Dogs causing a nuisance will also be required to be put on a lead if asked by an authorised officer.

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

Calderdale Council’s spokesman for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins, 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 dated back to 1875.

“These orders will reinforce good practice and common sense used by responsible dog owners in the borough.” The Council’s Head of Housing and Environment, Mark Thompson, 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.”

People who do not comply with any of the orders will be subject to an £80 fixed penalty, reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days.

For more information about the new orders, go to www.calderdale.gov.uk and search “Dog control” or “Maps Online”, or phone Calderdale Council Customer First on 0845 245 7000.