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Monday, 22 September 2014

Fines to be introduced in dog mess crackdown

THE introduction of tough new dog controls has been welcomed in Millom.

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OBEYING RULES: Paul and Gillian Hoyle, taking their dogs Star and Toby on their daily walk around the streets of Millom

The rules which will fine ‘irresponsible’ dog owners in Copeland will be introduced on October 3.

Anyone caught with their dog off a lead in a public place or failing to pick up their dog’s mess will be hit with an £80 on-the-spot fine.

The new rules being introduced by Copeland Borough Council have been welcomed by councillors and dog lovers alike.

Di Barker, a volunteer with Animal Concern in Millom, said: “I think it’s a good thing if it makes people more responsible for their animals. welcome it but whether they will be able to police it is a different matter.

“The wardens can only do so much.

“Hopefully, this will help get rid of some of the stray dogs in Millom.”

Under the new guidelines dogs must be on leads on highways, footpaths and grass verges maintained by public funding.

Dogs will also be banned from children’s play areas, cemeteries and council-owned public land.

Similar orders were put in place in Barrow around a year ago and South Lakeland District Council is considering introducing a similar measure.

Millom town councillor Pauline Altree said: “I fully agree with the orders – particularly the dog mess aspect. There is always mess around the hospital or the infant school.

“It’s going to be difficult policing it but even if people report culprits anonymously, it would help.

“One area that is bad for dogs on leads is the park.”

One dog owner, who did not wish to be named, said: “They make sense but it’s the few spoiling it for everyone else.

“I pick up my mess and keep the dog on a lead.” Separate, proposed dogs-on-leads by direction orders will require people to put and keep pets on a lead when told to do so by an authorised council officer. Dogs will be allowed on beaches but only on sand and shingle and not on grass verges leading to the shore.

Copeland Borough Council said: “While the consultation resulted in 16 public responses and six from members, none have been entirely negative and there has been general support for the proposed orders.

“These proposals will enable us to deal with irresponsible dog owners, encouraging more responsible dog ownership that will consequently lead to reduced levels of dog fouling occurring in the borough.”

Have your say

Best thing to do is photograph offenders and send them to the police

Posted by G Verge on 1 September 2011 at 17:10

It seeems some of the dog owners have gone on the defence having read the posts on here. It's about time some things being done to stop this filth. If you pick up, what is there to worry about.

Posted by Barry Jaqcuzzi on 24 August 2011 at 15:43

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