Dog Control Consultation
Consultation Starts: 14-Jul-2017
Consultation Ends: 25-Aug-2017
What are we proposing?
Huntingdonshire District Council is consulting on a proposal to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to replace the existing Dog Control Orders which are in place across the district. There are currently four dog control orders in place which relate to:
- dog fouling
- dogs on leads in designated areas
- putting a dog on a lead at the request of an authorised officer and
- preventing dogs from entering certain areas.
Why are we proposing this?
In 2014, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act became law. This brought in the new power to issue PSPOs as a way of managing a range of anti-social behaviour issues, including littering and the control of dogs. These new PSPOs are intended to replace old control orders, so to be consistent with the new powers, the old orders have to be replaced by PSPOs. Over time, the existing Dog Control Orders will end unless formally replaced by a new PSPO.
What exactly is being proposed?
We are proposing a new PSPO which will directly replace all of the existing Dog Control Orders, replicating the controls which are currently in place in all the areas which are currently specified as having dog controls.
We are not proposing that any existing controls be removed. So, in summary we propose that:
- the current district-wide requirement for dog owners to put their dog on a lead if asked to do so by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or Council Officer remains in place
- all areas currently specified as having controls requiring dogs to be on a lead at all times retain this control
- all areas which currently ban dogs from entering retain this control.
In addition to these existing controls, the proposed new PSPO would introduce two new aspects. We propose that a district-wide requirement is introduced to the PSPO which requires dog owners to:
- pick up the faeces (poo) that their dogs leave behind - this extends an existing control which only covers specified parts of the district and
- have with them a bag or other similar means of picking up the faeces (poo) that their dogs leave behind and, if requested by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or Council Officer, to show this to the Officer. This is a new condition.
No other restrictions are proposed.
Under the terms of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act new PSPOs last for a period of 3 years, after which time they have to be formally renewed. A further consultation exercise will be required as part of the renewal process.