Responsible Dog Ownership Scheme

Leeds City Council have recently undertaken a consultation regarding certain elements of dog ownership which, the majority of responsible owners won’t be adversely affected by, but which sets out guidelines for those less conscientious dog owners.  Decisions about certain Dog Control Orders have been made which come into affect from Tuesday 1st February 2011.  These Control Orders come under the ‘Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005’ and relate to the following:

The following is extracted from Leeds City Council’s website: 

Dog Fouling
Failure to clear up after a dog.  This Order has been in force since 2006 and applies to any land within the area administered by the Council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access either with or without payment (including all access land).

Please be aware that offences listed above will not apply to registered blind persons or to persons who rely on an assistance dog trained by Dogs for the Disabled, support dogs or Canine Partners for Independence with a disability affecting mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects.

The Dogs On Leads By Direction (Leeds) Order 2011: Not putting and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so
An authorised officer will only give a direction under this Order to put and keep a dog on a lead if such restraint is reasonably necessary to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person on any land to which this Order applies or the worrying or disturbance of any animal or bird.

This order does not replace the requirements of Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 which covers the offence of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

This order applies to any land within the area administered by the Council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access either with or without payment (including all access land).

The Dogs Exclusion (Leeds) Order 2011
Exclusion of dogs from specified land
This Order will allow the Council to reduce dog fouling and complaints about nuisance dogs by excluding dogs from designated areas.  An offence is committed by allowing a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded.  A full schedule of the land included in the Order is available to download from this page.

Please note, these areas refer to the play areas only and not the whole park area.

The Dogs Specified Maximum (Leeds) Order 2011 Maximum number of dogs to be walked at a given time
Offence is committed when a single person walks more than 4 dogs.  Applies to any land within the area administered by the Council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access either with or without payment (including all access land).

The penalty
The penalty in relation to any offence in any dog control order is, on summary conviction, a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (£1,000).

Hard copies of the Orders can be viewed at Environmental Services, Leeds City Council, Knowsthorpe Gate, Cross Green, Leeds LS9 0NP. 

The consultation exercise for dog control orders ran from 21st May until 31st August 2010.  1779 responses were received.

A person may be offered the opportunity to discharge any liability to conviction for any offence under any dog control order by payment of a fixed penalty. The specified amount of the fixed penalty is £75.

Further information about the Orders can be obtained from the Leeds City Council website: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/page.aspx?pageidentifier=f947bacf-2751-4411-b43b-07cbfbdcaa5b

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