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Dog Control Orders

Dog control orders for webWe've adopted these dog control orders which makes it an offence not to clean up after your dog.

Provided you do this and dispose of the scoop in a proper manner you will have no problems.

Report a dog control issue.

Report a stray dog.

Order one: Failing to remove dog faeces

It is an offence for a person not to remove the faeces of any dog in their charge immediately from any land open to the air which the public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment, and within the administrative area of the North West Leicestershire District Council.

Order two: Keeping dogs on leads

Dog walkers are required to keep dogs on leads on all land within the council’s administrative area which comprises a highway, footway, cycle way or footpath or any grass verge which adjacent to the carriageway or footway and is maintainable at public expense, which is subject to a 40mph speed limit or less.

Order three: Keeping dogs on leads

The entire administrative area of the district is designed for this dog control order. The order requires people to put and keep a dog on a lead when instructed to do so by an authorised officer.

Order four: Exclusion of dogs from land

Dogs are excluded through out the District from all fenced children’s play areas, all fenced games areas, bowling greens and areas on playing fields or recreation grounds that are marked and designated as sports pitches.

Enforcement by fixed penalty notice

Anyone in breach of the above orders may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80

A discounted rate of £50 will apply if the payment is received by the council within 10 days of issue of the notice. Anyone failing to pay a fixed penalty notice after 14 days may be taken to court and if found guilty of an offence under article 3 shall be liable on the summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale. This is currently £1,000.

THIS LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE REGISTERED BLIND.

Penalty

The penalty on conviction for an offence is a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (maximum £1,000).

However an authorised officer who has reason to believe that a person has committed an offence may give that person a notice offering the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence by payment of a fixed penalty.

The penalty will be set at £80, with a discounted sum of £50 if paid within 10 days. 

We prosecute anyone who fails to pay the fixed penalty.

The Council's Street Environment Managers and Enforcement Officers are authorised to issue fixed penalty notices, respond to complaints and carry out  patrols of dog fouling 'hot spots'.

Defences

There are defences in all Dog Control Orders of:


a) having a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with an order


b) acting with the consent of the owner or occupier of the land, or of any other person or authority which has control of the land.

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