Proposed new dog laws – consultation launched

Published Friday 30 October 2015

People are being invited to have their say on proposals around new dog laws.

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 has introduced powers for councils to bring in Public Spaces Protection Orders to identify and address particular problems such as dog fouling, and dogs not on leads in public places the Harborough district.

Legally, only the views of statutory consultees need to be sought, but Harborough District Council was keen the consultation be widened to allow members of the public to also have a say on the proposals.

Views are being invited on a potential Public Spaces Protection Order for:

  • dog fouling covering the whole of the district
  • keeping dogs on leads in certain recreational areas within the district
  • Putting a dog on a lead when required to do so by an authorised officer

Cllr Neil Bannister, regulatory services, said: “This consultation process is an opportunity for all interested parties to feed into the process and to give their views on these proposals and I would encourage them to so. The council does not receive a significant number of complaints regarding dog fouling and the majority of dog owners act responsibly when it comes to clearing up after their pets. However it is important that council’s have the tools to be able to take enforcement action if necessary.”

The consultation will run from mid November 2015 to end of December 2015. Details of the consultation will soon be available on the Harborough District Council website and in the council reception.

Following feedback from the consultation, any final decisions will be agreed by Full Council in 2016.