A responsible owner picks up after his dog

There are still owners who fail to pick up after their dogs, says council

Most dog owner in Canterbury are responsible people who properly clean up after their pets, says the city council.

But the authority fears that there are still too many of those who fail pick up dog poo excreted on to paths and open areas, leading to complaints and causing a health hazard.

To try to remedy the problem, the council introduced Dog Control Orders in 2008.

These then became a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Canterbury City Council’s Head of Safer Communities Douglas Rattray said: “The Public Space Protection Order for the control of dogs has been designed to help owners understand people’s expectations of them when they are with their dog in a public area.

“It sets out the rules around dog fouling and outlines places where dogs are not allowed to go or when they must be kept on a lead.”

The authority is putting up new signs to highlight the change. Its PSPO includes a requirement to clean up after your dog and a requirement to show an authorised officer of the council you have the means to clean up after your dog.

There is also a requirement to keep your dog on a lead in certain places across the district.

Finally, the authority has created a list of places where dogs cannot go.

A copy of the Public Space Protection Order (Control of Dogs) can be found on the council’s website.

It includes details of places where dogs must be kept on leads or cannot go. Copies of the new signs the council will use to highlight where the restrictions are in force can also be found on its website.

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