Dog control areas set to clamp down on selfish Sunderland pet owners

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DOG Control areas could be introduced across parts of Sunderland with a series of by-laws.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet is looking at a report on control areas at its next meeting on Wednesday November 6.

The report outlines how dog fouling continues to be one of the most consistent issues raised by the public.

James Blackburn, the senior councillor responsible for City Services, said: “This report to Cabinet is about how the council is looking at a more effective approach to tackling dog fouling.

“This has included examining the powers available to the council under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act.

“Subject to the decision of the Cabinet, the council will be consulting with the public on where the control areas could be.”

The cabinet report outlines how the Act gives broader powers and it includes five offences where measures could be introduced in defined areas.

The five offences could be:

•Failing to remove dog faeces

•Not keeping a dog on a lead

•Not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer

•Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded

•Taking more than the specified number of dogs onto land.

The report outlines how Fixed Penalty Notices of £80 could be offered as an alternative to court action.

•Anyone with information regarding dog fouling or any other environmental crime can contact Sunderland City Council directly on 520 5555.