Community Response sniff out irresponsible dog owners during a month of action

Community Response sniff out irresponsible dog owners during a month of action

In March, Community Response launched a month of action to crack down dog fouling and dog control issues across North Somerset.

In March, Community Response launched a month of action to crack down dog fouling and dog control issues across North Somerset.

Officers from Community Response, Environmental Protection and Civil Enforcement targeted ‘hotspot’ areas across North Somerset to speak with any dog walkers in the area, making sure they were complying with the local Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).

PSPOs came into force 18 months ago, replacing the previous dog control orders. They apply to every public open space in North Somerset, including places where the public has to pay to enter.

The orders state that if you are in charge of a dog you must as a minimum:

  • keep your dog(s) under close control at all times
  • carry a poo bag
  • bag it and bin it
  • keep your dog(s) out of children’s play areas.

There are also orders for specific locations if you are in charge of a dog. These include:

  • not allowing your dog(s) to go on land they are banned from
  • keeping your dog(s) on a lead in set areas.

Anyone believed to have breached a PSPO can be fined £75 which must be paid within 14 days. If it isn’t, the council can prosecute. If you see a dog in a controlled area breaching a PSPO you are encouraged to report it online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo

During the month of action the council also published a “guide to dog ownership in North Somerset”. This guide contains all the information you need to know if you own a dog or are thinking of getting one.

The “guide to dog ownership in North Somerset” is available on our website here: www.saferstrongerns.co.uk/publications

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