TOP councillors could consider a ban on dogs in some public places in January.
News that strict new dog control orders are being drawn up by Kirklees Council emerged after a plea for action by a Lindley councillor.
And it means dogs could be banned from sports pitches.
Clr Christine Stanfield demanded that canines should be kept off playing fields.
The Lindley Lib Dem made the call, saying it would protect children and sports teams from dog dirt.
In response, Kirklees Council’s deputy leader revealed that plans were underway for a more radical move.
Clr David Sheard said: “We’re in the process of working on a dog control order for Kirklees.”
The Heckmondwike Labour man explained: “It allows us to control dog fouling, require dogs to be on leads in designated areas and establish dog exclusion areas.
“We would have to put signs up saying where these areas are – whether it’s outside schools or in parks.
“The problem is that dogs can’t read.
“It’s not the dogs we’re blaming, it’s the dog owners.”
Clr Sheard said the proposal was being drafted by officers and should be considered by Kirklees Council’s cabinet in January.
He added: “We must have a six-month consultation. We’ve got to put notices out and consult with every man – and his dog!”