We all love our furry friends and take them for regular walks and runs to keep them healthy and in tip top condition.
In order to keep everyone happy – dog owners and non dog owners – we use a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to limit where dogs can go which we think is very fair and easy to understand.
“Can be let off the lead in country parks”
Under the Order dogs are not allowed off the lead in car parks and visitor centres in all our country parks but they can be let off the lead for a good run round when not in these areas.
They’re also not allowed on sports pitches, bowling green playing surfaces, children’s play areas, skate parks, tennis courts and multi use games areas.
Your dog should also always be on a lead on a public road or pavement or if you’re asked to put one on your dog whilst in our country parks by a member of staff.
“Always pick it up”
You should also make sure that if your dog fouls you should always pick it up and put it in a bin.
If you let your dog into any of the controlled areas or don’t pick up after it has fouled you could be liable for a £100 fine and nobody wants that so please check your regular dog walking routes and make sure you’re not taking your four legged friend anywhere you shouldn’t or leaving them off the lead in certain places and always carry a bag to pick up the poo.
“No excuse for it”
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, said: “The PSPO was introduced to keep everyone safe and they’re based on common sense such as not letting them loose in visitor car parks as it’s dangerous. The majority of dog owners are aware of where they can and can’t exercise their dog but it’s always worth checking out your regular route as no-one wants to face a £100 fine. Dog fouling is also one of the most common complaints we receive and there’s no excuse for it. A £100 fine can be issued to irresponsible dog owners who are caught!
You can report dog fouling here:Report Dog Fouling