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New dog rules come into force

Dog owners are being advised of new rules that have come into force across Fenland.

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Fenland District Council has introduced a new dog control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to encourage responsible ownership and tackle issues such as dog fouling and out-of-control dogs.

The new antisocial behaviour power coincides with the launch of the authority's new Tidy Fenland campaign which will also crackdown on dog fouling, as well as littering and fly-tipping.

The order, which replaced the existing Dog Control Order introduced in 2012, means that it will be an offence to fail to pick up dog mess or to allow a dog in any fenced children's play area. Other requirements apply including keeping dogs on a lead and under control in certain areas. New signs have been put up across Fenland advising dog walkers about the requirements which have been introduced following consultation.

Anyone seen breaking the new rules will be issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), reduced to £65 if paid within 21 days. Failing to pay the FPN will result in court action and a possible fine of up to £1,000.

The order will not apply to anyone who is registered blind, is disabled or who uses a trained assistance dog.

Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's portfolio holder for environment, said: "Most dog owners are very responsible - they look after their pets properly and don't let them spoil everyone else's enjoyment of our open spaces. But a small minority don't and it is something that upsets a lot of people.

"Our new PSPO will enable us to crack down on problems such as dog fouling and out-of-control dogs, making our communities safer, cleaner and more welcoming for everyone."

The order is also being supported by a number of town and parish councils.

For more information on the PSPO and a list of fenced off play areas included in the PSPO visit www.fenland.gov.uk/ourenvironment

Article added: June 5, 2017