A reminder to be responsible with your dogs when walking in public places

Published: Wednesday, 29th April 2020

It is an offence to not be safely in control of your dogs, leave them unattended or not pick up after them.

Since the new rules and regulations from the government on social distancing and exercising once a day were put in place due to COVID-19, the council has seen an increase in dog attacks and complaints on antisocial behaviour involving dogs and those walking with them at peak times.

We are encouraging dog-owners to keep their dogs on a lead if they are unsure of their dog’s behaviour near other people or animals and to walk them in less busy areas and at less busy times.

Kettering Borough Council has implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order for Dog Control in respect of four offences, these are:

  • The Dogs Exclusion Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter or remain on any land to which this Order applies.
  • The Dogs On Leads Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead on any land to which the Order applies.
  • The Dogs On Leads by Direction Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to put that dog on a lead under the direction of an authorised officer on any land to which the Order applies.
  • The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order: The effect of this Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which the Order applies.

Failure to comply with regulations on dog fouling could result in a £1000 fine. To report a fouling incident, click here.

For more information on the council’s Public Spaces Protection Order for dog control, click here.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “During these times of uncertainty, the Council is committed to taking a tough stance on dog-owners who do not ensure the safety of others when out and about for their daily exercise. We are keen to ensure that everyone feels safe while taking their daily exercise. We hope to remind residents to abide by the Council’s Public Spaces Protection Order for dog control to avoid potential prosecutions.”

Note to Editor

Visit: kettering.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest updates and information on pet care, wardens, stray dogs and other impacted services during the Coronavirus outbreak.