Have your say on dog controls

Published Tuesday 3 September 2019

People across the district are being invited to take part in a consultation on regulations to help tackle irresponsible dog owners.

During a Cabinet meeting on Monday 2 September 2019, it was agreed that a six-week consultation would take place to extend and vary the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) relating to dog controls in Harborough District, in accordance with the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.DogDog

The current PSPO came into force on the 1 June 2016 for a period of three years across the district. It includes the following offences:

  • Failing to remove dog faeces
  • Failing to put a dog on a lead after a request by an authorised officer
  • Failing to have an appropriate means to pick up dog faeces

If the PSPO is extended, it will mean that Council officers are able to issue fixed penalty notices and potentially prosecute through the courts if an offence is made.

Owners of assistance dogs used by the blind or deaf, and those who are unable to comply with the legislation due to a disability are exempt from the regulations.

The results of the consultation will determine whether there is a requirement for further aspects of the protection order.

Details of the consultation will be announced on the Council’s website.