Public Spaces Protection Order for Dog Control continues in Kettering

Published: Monday, 10th August 2020

Following a review of the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control, we are continuing to have rules for dogs in public spaces to protect the health and safety of residents in Kettering.

The Public Spaces Protection Order for Dog Control, implemented by Kettering Borough Council, includes the following rules:

  • 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.

Kettering Borough Council aims to promote responsible dog ownership and reduce complaints for dog issues, such as dog fouling. Failure to comply with regulations on dog fouling could result in a fine. To report a fouling incident, click here.

The PSPO for dog control allows the public and especially children access to dog-free or dog-controlled areas intended for recreational purposes to improve health and well-being, making Kettering a safe and enjoyable place to live.

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: “We appreciate that the majority of dog owners are responsible with their dogs, but the Council is committed to taking a tough stance on those who do not responsibly look after, control and clear up after their dogs whilst out and about. We are keen to ensure that everyone feels safe and want to remind residents to abide by the Council’s Public Spaces Protection Order for dog control to avoid potential prosecutions.”

Note to Editor

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives authorised officers of the council the power to issue fixed penalty notices for offences against the Public Spaces Protection Order.

In a Magistrates Court, the penalty for committing an offence under a Dog Control Order is a maximum fine of £1,000. Alternatively, the alleged offender may be offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty as an alternative to prosecution. In the Borough of Kettering the Fixed Penalty Notice amount is £100.

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