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New Dog Control Orders passed by Birmingham City Council will come into force this weekend.

From Saturday 1st March 2014, dog owners failing to adhere to the new Orders can expect on the spot fixed penalty notices and fines of £80.

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, the orders will tackle irresponsible dog owners who fail to control or clean up after their pets. Failure to pay the fixed penalty could result in prosecution and a maximum fine of £1,000.

The five Orders are:

  • The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2014 – it will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which the public have access. This order will replace and extend the existing controls under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
  • The Dogs on Leads Order 2014 – it will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead at all times on all public roads, adjoining footways and verges.
  • The Dogs Exclusion Order 2014 – it will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter into or remain in any clearly demarcated children’s play area, and school land.
  • The Dogs on Leads by Direction Order 2014 – it will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to put that dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer on any land to which the public have access and is open to the air.
  • The Dogs (specified Maximum) Order 2014 – it will be an offence for a person to take more than four dogs onto open land in Birmingham.

There will be exemptions for assistance dogs.

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “Birmingham continues to deal with high numbers of complaints regarding stray and uncontrolled dogs and dog fouling issues. The message is simple, pick up or pay up.

“Residents, including responsible dog owners, are fed up with the nuisances and dangers caused by a minority of thoughtless dog owners. The Orders will give additional powers to officers in order to tackle these issues.”

10 COMMENTS

  1. Great the laws are up dated at last….
    What can you do if you see a dog poo and the owners leave it either in park or roads etc…. and final one who is going round checking and who will force these orders…

  2. All well and good but what about cat owners. When will they be held accountable for their animals? I am fed up of clearing up my drive after the cats on my road.

  3. I own a yorkie and always carry dog bags with me….but it’s worse when owners let there dogs take a huge shit on the pavement,and just walk away and not do any think.who’s going to police this.you don’t see any police around frankley,no litter pickers,frankley is a lost world over run with druggies and Chavs….just go and spend 10 mins of your life sitting on a park bench at holly hill road shops…and count the piss heads,drug dealers and crack heads doing deals.
    And while your there tell me how many coppers you see,or dog wardens looking for dog shit……more chance of finding rocking horse shit…..!!!

  4. Pretty well summed up R smith, they know whats going on there and all the other places round here…if they can’t stop whats happening in front of everyone they have no chance of catching them not cleaning up after dogs.
    Nearly every day up Vineyard there is a pile of crap left outside the school and all trampled in by the children who get it all over their shoes and clothes…the place stinks of dog crap and weed.

  5. So, here is a common scenario I politely point out to the owner that his (and it is usually a man) dog has fouled the pavement and he should clean it up. “Frack off and mind your own ‘effin business” is the usual response…what next?

  6. I totally agree with what others have said, Changing the rules is a great idea but WHO will enforce it.
    After living in Northfield for 20 years and Frankley for 7 years I can say that I see at least 100 dogs and owners a day and only 10% of them bother to clean up after there pets.
    I say this as someone who always cleans up after pet (even if nobody is looking)

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