Dog control orders set for region

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New dog control orders come into force in parts of the region a week today.

The animals will be banned from play areas and sports pitches such as Beech Close and Grisleymires Lane in Milnthorpe, Owlett Ash in Ackenthwaite and Boon Town in Burton-in-Kendal.

‘Dogs on leads’ regulations will also be enforced on Arnside Promenade and within 10 metres of all 30mph roads in the South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) area.

People caught flouting the notices face fines of £75.

The authority is bringing in the orders after a public consultation about the best way to tackle irresponsible dog owners and dog fouling.

Coun Sue Sanderson, SLDC portfolio holder for environment and people, said: “From Monday, 19 August, the Dog Control Orders will make it easier for our enforcement officers and the police to deal with irresponsible dog owners.

“In the consultation last year, residents made it clear they want to see this problem tackled.

“The vast majority of responsible dog owners support what the council is doing and I am sure that by bringing in these tough new measures we can tackle the potential health hazards caused by dog fouling.

“The council is determined to protect children and residents and the council will issue a fixed penalty fine of £75 if owners do not abide by the new DCOs.”