PLANS for stricter rules to clamp down on irresponsible dog owners have been welcomed.
Members of Kirklees Council’s cabinet are being asked on January 31 to agree that the proposals will go out to full consultation with local people.
The proposal is to introduce Dog Control Orders, replacing existing legislation and responding to the high level of concern about dog fouling and other dog related issues.
It could include a ban on dogs in play areas, more people issuing penalty fines for those who allow dogs to foul and a power to ask that unruly dogs are kept on leads in parks across Kirklees, including Greenhead, Ravensknowle and Beaumont.
Though the council does already fine and prosecute people for dog related offences, the report to the cabinet says the new orders would enable easier and more effective control via fixed penalties.
It adds that the entire district could be designated a no-fouling area, with specific exclusions to allow a fair approach for dog owners while safeguarding people against owners who are irresponsible.
Lindley councillor Christine Stanfield, who has owned dogs, said: “I’m delighted with the news. Back in October last year I called for such powers to be brought in.
“I am thrilled with the prospect of tougher rules – although I don’t think all dog-owners will be.”
Mr Keith Lorriman, of Fenay Bridge, said: “It’s about time. I went for a walk on Penistone Road and in the space of 200 yards I counted five piles of dog mess. Frankly, it’s disgusting. I support the plans to control dogs.”
Richard Turner, who described himself as a responsible dog owner from Lindley, said: “By all means give power to council officials to issue fixed penalty notices, but why should the majority of responsible dog owners be penalised because of the actions of a few?”