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Dog control order is proving a success

Published Monday, 11 June 2018

A Public Space Protection Order that aims to curb the behaviour of irresponsible dog owners in Coventry is working well – and it is likely to be renewed for a further three years.

A second consultation is now underway on the proposed renewal of the order and the public are being invited to say whether they back the proposal.

The order was introduced in 2015 following ongoing concerns from residents who often witnessed, first-hand, the effects of dog fouling in parks, green spaces and other residential areas.

A consultation in 2014 found that eight out of 10 people believed that dogs should be kept on leads in certain locations and that enforcement officers should be empowered to insist that an owner places their dog on a lead when they are permitting their dog to be a nuisance.

Since the order has been in place four dogs have been excluded, 13 owners have been cautioned for not having their dog on a lead and 75 have been fined for dog fouling.

The current Public Space Protection Order on Dog Control has been in force for three years and will expire shortly.

Cllr Abdul Khan, Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities, said: “The evidence is encouraging and it appears to be benefiting the vast majority of responsible dog owners and residents. We are grateful for the ongoing vigilance and support of local people.”

Phil Hibberd, Pest Control and Animal Welfare Manager added: “The success of the order has in no short measure been due to the excellent work performed by Coventry’s responsible dog owners who challenge bad behaviour and have been part of a considerable behaviour change in the city - particularly in our parks.

 “Renewing the Order for a further three years, will continue to empower the majority of dog walkers and enable council officers to deal with the minority of people who have little consideration for others.”

The order also places a limit on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at any given time – which is limited to six dogs.

If you wish to participate in the consultation on the renewal of the order please complete the online consultation survey by Saturday 30 June 2018.

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