Dog ownership is a privilege that must be taken seriously. All dog owners must raise and care for their dogs in a specific manner - one that does not harm the dog in any way. Dog owners must also follow specific dog legislation.
Having dog-specific laws in place may seem unreasonable; however, they were created, and are implemented, for society's safety, as well as that of the dog.
Every dog, no matter its size or breed, must be trained in basic obedience. This will go a long way in keeping your dog out of harm's way, and hopefully you and your dog will never have an encounter with local authorities.
To help owners out, the Kennel Club dog owners group has created two programs, the first being the Safe and Sound Scheme, which was created "to promote the safe interaction between children and dogs, and teaches children how to behave around dogs and to stay safe, " according to the Kennel Club. " It can never be taken for granted that any dog will be 100 per cent safe with everyone all of the time."
The second program is the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, which covers both theoretical and practical dog training skills.
As of 1992, the Control of Dogs Order requires any dog in a public place to wear a collar and ID tag with the name and address of the owner on it. Failure to comply can lead to a £5,000 fine.
.Poop and Scoop
Did you know that until 2003 in Scotland, it was illegal to let your dog go potty in specified public places, regardless of whether or not the dirty deed was immediately removed or not.
.The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
This new act now makes public fouling an offence only when it is not immediately cleaned up. The UK dog owners who fail to scoop their dog's poop can be slapped with a £1,000 fine under the act
.Dog Control Orders
Other ways in which local authorities are using the Clean Neighbourhoods Act is by handing out 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 likely covered included: not putting or keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer; permitting a dog to go onto unauthorised land; and taking more than the specified number of dogs onto land.
When it comes to trespassing, the Animals Act 1997 empowers farmers to shoot, without warning, dogs the farmer feels is a threat to his livestock. The dog's owner could face criminal prosecution for the same offence.
It would be a good idea to check with your local council what Dog Control Orders they have in place, to make sure you do not fall foul of any local bylaws, pardon the pun. Below is an example of our Local Councils Dogs Exclusion Order, which is only one of a number of Control Orders they have put into force.
WYRE BOROUGH COUNCIL
THE CLEAN NEIGHBOURHOODS AND ENVIRONMENT ACT 2005
THE DOG CONTROL ORDERS
(PRESCRIBED OFFENCES AND PENALTIES, ETC) REGULATIONS 2006
The Dogs (Exclusion) Wyre Borough Council Order 2010
Wyre Borough Council hereby make the following Order
1.This Order comes into force on the
2. This Order applies to the land specified in the Schedules below.
3. A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time, he takes the dog onto, or permits the dog to enter or to remain, on any land to which this Order applies
4. A person who is guilty of an offence under article 3 shall be liable on summary
conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
This Order shall apply to the following areas of land, which are open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment) within the Borough of Wyre -
1.All children’s play areas (Fenced/or not) within the Borough of Wyre, as defined in Schedule 2 to this Order
2.All marked sporting areas within the parks and open spaces of the Borough of Wyre as defined in Schedule 2 of this Order
3.All Cemeteries, Memorial Parks, Gardens of Remembrance and Cenotaphs within the Borough of Wyre Borough Council
4.Pilling Lane End Amenity, Pilling, Fenced conservation area
5.Wyre Estuary Country Park, Thornton Cleveleys, Fenced area
6.Rossall Point/Beach Road, Fleetwood, Family Area
7.Broadwater Wood, Fleetwood
8.Euston Park Fleetwood
9. Areas within/along the Waterfront/ Promenade as defined in Schedule 3
1.Children’s play areas shall include:
Any area formally laid out for the provision of play for children and young people. Such an area may be enclosed or open plan but provides fixed, permanent equipment used for playing. Such sites may also include Skate Parks, Goal Ends and Multi-use Games Areas (MuGA’s). Where a play area is enclosed, the area of exclusion will include all area’s of equipment, together with any hard surface or grassed area included within the perimeter fencing or barriers. Where the play area is open plan the area of exclusion shall include all areas of equipment and their safety surfacing, together with any associated hard surfaces. On open plan sites the exclusion will extend 4 metres from any outer edge of hard standing area forming part of the play area.
2.Marked Sporting Areas shall include:
Any area of grass or hard surfacing designated for the use of outdoor sports or formal recreational activity and includes football, rugby, hockey and cricket pitches, basketball, netball and tennis courts and bowling greens. The area of exclusion will be dependant on the designated activity as follows:-
(a)Football, Rugby and Hockey Pitches;
The area of exclusion will extend across the entire marked-out playing surface extending outwards to provide a safety zone of 1.5 meters beyond any marked touch and/or goal line
The area of exclusion will include the entire cricket table and the associated wickets ( Including any artificial cricket wicket) together with the entire outfield as defined by the marked outfield boundary, extending outwards to provide a safety zone of 2 metres beyond the marked boundary
(c)Basketball, Netball and Tennis Courts;
The area of exclusion will include the entire hard surface, defining the court. Should the area be fenced the exclusion will apply to the entire enclosed area. When the area is open the exclusion will include all marked playing areas, extending outwards to provide a safety zone of 3 metres beyond the marked area.
The area of exclusion will include the entire playing surface together with all associate gutters and perimeter paths
1.Fleetwood Beach from 1st May to 30th September each year from the east side of the slipway opposite to the end of Promenade Road eastwards to the west side of Fleetwood Pier
2.Cleveleys Beach from 1st May to 30th September each year from the north side of the groyne opposite the end of Beach Road to the south side of the next groyne northwards
3.Waterfront Marine Hall Gardens
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