London,
23
February
2017

Camden takes action to promote responsible dog ownership

Camden Council has agreed to implement a range of actions, including a “dogs on lead” requirement, to promote responsible dog ownership at yesterday’s cabinet meeting (Wednesday 22 February).

“We know that the majority of dog owners in Camden are responsible and do not allow their pets to cause problems.

“However we also regularly hear from our residents with concerns relating to antisocial behaviour associated with a minority of irresponsible owners.

“These include complaints relating to the fear and intimidation caused when dogs are not controlled or misused by their owners. Such lack of control can result in attacks on other animals and, even though rare, attacks on humans can occur.

“To address these issues we have implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which will initially be in place for three years.”
Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Voluntary Sector

In 2016 the council consulted with residents because of these community concerns. 93% of respondents supported the use of a PSPO and 84% supported the suggestion to introduce a “dogs on lead” requirement in designated areas.

“Building on previous work, this is an opportunity to achieve a change in behaviour so that all dog owners understand their responsibilities and also ensure that the negative impact of irresponsible dog ownership is reduced.

“The areas where the dogs on lead restrictions have been implemented have been carefully considered following information provided during the public consultation.

“We remain committed to continuing to provide services and support to promote responsible dog ownership, especially through the work of the innovative Dog Hub Service, which provides advice, guidance training and support to individual dog owners on a referral basis and to groups through planned dog awareness events.” 
Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Voluntary Sector
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