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Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act - Dog Control Orders
« on: October 30, 2009, 15:32:53 PM »
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Currently, Dog Control Orders apply in England and Wales only as far as I know.

As part of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act local authorities will be given the power to issue dog control orders. This means that councils will be able to make an order for a standard offence to apply to land within their area. Offences are likely to cover: not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer; permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded; and taking more than a specified number of dogs onto land.

Power has been devolved to Local Authorities to ban dogs from defined areas, or require dogs to be on lead in defined areas.  Local Authorities have to 'consult upon its proposal to make the order by publishing a notice of that proposal in a local newspaper circulating in the area in which the land in respect of which the order would apply is situated'.

More and more Local Authorities are introducing these orders to ban dogs from all sorts of park areas.  

The Kennel Club have set up an initiative called KC Dog
Essentially a national dog owners group, KC Dog is a Kennel Club initiative that has been established to help dog owners protect themselves by; keeping participants informed about local policies that may affect their rights, assisting participants in lobbying at a local level and keeping participants updated about KC Dog activity across the country. It launched at Crufts 2006, in time for when Clause 6 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Dog Control Orders) came into force on April 6 2006.

By joining KC Dog you will be kept informed of all forthcoming Dog Control Orders and will therefore be able to make your feelings known to your Local Authority.
« Last Edit: October 30, 2009, 18:59:43 PM by Bunter »