New powers to tackle irresponsible dog ownership

Published Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Following public consultation, a second Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has been introduced in Waverley to help ensure that dogs are responsibly managed at all times in public spaces.

This decision was agreed at a Full Council meeting in December and the new order, in effect from 1 January 2020, will allow the council to:

· request dogs be put on leads if they are causing a nuisance in public
· ensure dogs are put on leads in sensitive places including cemeteries, churchyards, small parks and open spaces.
· exclude dogs from certain areas such as play areas, skate parks, ball courts and multi-use games areas.

This compliments the previous PSPO introduced in January 2019, which gave the council power to tackle dog fouling by issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to people who don’t pick up their dog waste. 

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