Melton Borough Council has new powers to tackle irresponsible dog ownership

Following last year's successful public consultation, Melton Borough Council is pleased to introduce the new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) to the Borough to encourage responsible dog ownership and allow the authority to be more effective in enforcing dog fouling matters.

This decision was agreed at a Cabinet meeting on 30th October 2019 and will allow the Council to:

  • Continue to tackle Dog Fouling
  • Request dogs be put on leads if causing a nuisance in public
  • Ensure that dog walkers have means to pick up after their dog has fouled
  • Exclude dogs from enclosed children's play areas

Anyone who is found breaching these orders may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 by an Authorised officer and or Police Officer, or could face a maximum fine of £1000 in the Magistrate Courts.

Cllr John Illingworth, portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said: "The overwhelming positive response and support the Council received for the PSPO's during the consultation shows that the majority of Melton residents believe that dog owners should be responsible when out with their pets. We hope this measure will address complaints of dog fouling in the Borough and shows we are committed to try and tackle the problem".

The PSPO does not apply to people who are:

  • Registered blind or deaf.
  • Have a physical or mental impairment which impacts on their normal day-to-day activities and rely on an assistance dog.
  • Members of Assistance Dogs UK, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People or any other charity registered in the UK who rely on or are training assistance dogs.

The new order came into force on 1st January 2020 and replaces a Dog Control Order.

Visit www.melton.gov.uk/dogs to find out more about responsible dog ownership in Melton Borough.

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:28 by Kathryn Staley

Tags: Dogs, MBC, Public Spaces