Published: 18 August 2017
The PSPO will enhance the exisitng controls; the law in the past on dog control has been patchy, so a PSPO will help the council deal with the minority of irresponsible dog owners who don’t clear up after their dog or control it. For the many responsible dog owners who pick up after their dog wherever they go, nothing will change. Inconsiderate dog owners would be targeted through awareness and enforcement. Registered blind people and assistance dog users will be exempt.
The order also looks at including: • The requirement for dog walkers to carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after their dog has fouled at all times. • The prohibition of dogs from entering defined dog ban areas (e.g. children’s play park excluding assistance dogs). • The requirement for dogs to be kept on leads next to roads. • For authorised officers to have the power to immediately request dogs are placed on a lead. • To restrict the number of dogs that can be walked by a single individual, on and off the lead.
Before we consider introducing the PSPO, we want to hear the views of Teignbridge residents, workers, and visitors. We are running a survey, and this can be accessed at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/dogsurvey