Dog control orders going live across Sunderland this weekend

Dog control

Nearly 200 Dog Control Orders are going live across Sunderland on Saturday October 18.

The 184 orders have been introduced by the city council. This is after it considered how to tackle the recurring issue of dog fouling within the council’s five administrative areas – North, East, West, Coalfield and Washington.

Each of the council’s five Area Committees had looked at the problem and Councillor Michael Mordley said: “Questions about dogs are one of the main reasons that residents contact the council or their ward councillors. The council has worked closely with residents groups and associations, and the friends of many of our parks and open spaces.

“We consulted on the measures and many people and groups were in favour of them, and now we’re introducing them.”

The orders are from powers available within the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, and allow placing limitations on where dogs are permitted to be on and off leads, as well as designating areas where owners must have their dogs under control, and where they can be directed to do so by an authorised Officer of the Council.

The powers also allow for the identification of land where fouling must be removed and deposited lawfully and a restriction on the number of dogs per person in designated locations. Maps of Dog Prohibited areas and Dogs on Leads locations have been produced and are available to view online or at the council’s Customer Service Centre in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.#####

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