New rules for dog owners revealed

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The overwhelming majority of dog owners are responsible and make sure their pets are well behaved.

But we do receive complaints about dog fouling and the behaviour of some animals.

In 2008, we introduced Dog Control Orders to help us address these concerns.

These recently became a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Canterbury City Council’s Head of Safer Communities Douglas Rattray said: “The Public Space Protection Order (Control of Dogs) has been designed to help owners understand people’s expectations of them when they are with their dog in a public area.

“It sets out the rules around dog fouling and outlines places where dogs are not allowed to go or when they must be kept on a lead.”

We are in the process of putting up new signs to highlight this change.

The PSPO includes:

  • A requirement to clean up after your dog
  • A requirement to show an authorised officer of the council you have the means to clean up after your dog
  • A requirement to keep your dog on a lead in certain places
  • A list of places where dogs cannot go

A copy of the Public Space Protection Order (Control of Dogs) can be found below together with the details of where a dog must be kept on a lead (Schedule 1) and details of where dogs are not allowed to go (Schedule 2). Copies of the new signs we will use to highlight where the restrictions are in force can also be found below:

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