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21
July
2016
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Still time to take part in our irresponsible dog ownership consultation

We are asking residents and businesses for their views on introducing new legal controls to tackle the antisocial behaviour caused by irresponsible dog owners in the borough.

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force in October 2014. The Act made significant changes to the powers available to local authorities, the police and partners in tackling antisocial behaviour.

The Act introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) as a new power, which allow local authorities to restrict a wide range of behaviours that have a detrimental effect on people in public spaces. PSPOs also replace some of the powers that are currently being used in Camden, including Dog Control Orders.

Whilst we recognise that the majority of dog owners are responsible and take care of their pets, there are a minority of irresponsible dog owners who don’t. We are considering the introduction of a PSPO in Camden to tackle the issues around antisocial behaviour associated with irresponsible dog ownership. Under any new order, police and accredited council officers would be able to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100 to people in charge of dogs who are breaking the rules that will be reviewed as part of this consultation.

The consultation will ask for your responses on issues including:

  • Failure to clear up dog faeces by the person in charge of the dog

  • Whether a dog should be on a lead at all times in public areas, only in some public spaces, or no lead required at all

  • The exclusion of dogs from certain areas.

The public consultation will run from Wednesday 11 May until Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 5pm.

Find out more

Complete the consultation online at camden.gov.uk/DogControlConsultation