DOG owners could be banned from taking their pets to certain areas of Sunderland under new plans.
Sunderland City Council is preparing Dog Control Orders to limit where the animals are permitted, where they must be kept on a lead and even how many animals may be in a certain area at one time.
Council leader Paul Watson said fouling continues to be one of the most consistent issues raised by the public. The city’s ruling cabinet agreed to consider Dog Control Orders at a meeting in November.
A survey has now been launched to get the public’s views on the dog control plans.
Coun Watson said: “Ward councillors have been working with local residents groups and partner agencies to consider where each Dog Control Order could be used effectively.
“Questions and issues about dogs continue to be one of the main reasons why people contact the council.
“It is important that there’s a balance between the interests of those in charge of dogs and the interests of those affected by dogs.
“This is an opportunity to let us know how you feel about proposals in your area.”
To view the plans, visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/dog-control
Powers available within the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act allow councils to exercise greater control over dog handlers with the provision of Dog Control Orders relating to:
•The limitation on where dogs are permitted
•A restriction on where dogs may be permitted off lead
•The designation of areas where dogs must be placed on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised Officer of the Council
•The identification of land where fouling must be removed and deposited lawfully
•A restriction on the number of dogs per person in designated locations.
As part of the public consultation, maps of Dog Prohibited areas and Dogs on Leads locations have been produced and are available to view on-line or at the council’s Customer Service Centre in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
If you have any information regarding dog fouling or any other environmental crime, please contact Sunderland City Council directly on 0191 520 5550.