From Birmingham City Council Environmental Health – Animal Health and Welfare:
On 1 March 2014, Birmingham City Council introduced 5 Dog Control Orders to tackle issues caused by irresponsible dog owners who fail to control or clean up after their pets.
Offences are enforced by the City Council Dog Warden/Enforcement Officers by the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice and fine of £80.
The Orders will cease to be in effect in October 2017, due to changes imposed by the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014; it is proposed to change the Orders into 5 Public Space Protection Orders and we are required to carry out a consultation.
There will be no changes made to the requirements contained in the Orders, which I have outlined below; however we are proposing to increase the amount of a Fixed Penalty from £80 to £100.
The current Dog Control Orders are;
- The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2014 – it is 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.
- The Dogs on Leads Order 2014 – it is 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 is 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 is anoffence 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 is an offence for any person to take more than four dogs onto open land in Birmingham.
I recognise that uncontrolled dogs and dog fouling is an issue for the residents of Birmingham.
For further information and to have your say please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/dogcontrol
The closing date for submission of responses in 7 August 2017.
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