New rules for dog owners

Dog owners are being advised of new rules that came into force in County Durham at the beginning of June.

Durham County Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to encourage responsible ownership and tackle issues such as dog fouling and strays.

The order, which will replace the existing Dog Control Order introduced in 2009, means that it is now an offence to:

  • Fail to pick up dog mess
  • Allow a dog to stray
  • Fail to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  • Allow a dog into any fenced-off play area named in the PSPO, which includes the new play area on Snows Green Road

Anyone seen flouting the new rules will be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), reduced to £60 if paid within 10 working days. Failing to pay the FPN will result in court action and a possible fine of up to £1,000.

The order will not apply to anyone who is registered blind, is disabled or who uses a trained assistance dog.

Find out more about the new enforcement powers on the County Council’s website.

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