Council approves dog control order for Northam Burrows

Owners must put dogs on leads if asked to do.

Owners must put dogs on leads if asked to do. - Credit: Getty Images

Owners must put dogs on leads if asked to do so or face fine.

A NEW year-round Dog Control Order has been passed at Torridge District Council for Northam Burrows Country Park.

Members agreed to implement a ‘Dogs on Leads by Direction’ Order, which means that dog owners must put their animal on lead if asked to do so authorised council officer.

Failure to do so could lead to a fine of up to £75.

The new measures, which come into force on May 1, are being introduced to help prevent sheep attacks by dogs. They are being introduced following a public consultation where two-thirds of the respondents were in favour.

David Morgan, the council’s environmental protection manager, said: “The introduction of a Dogs on Lead by Direction Order is in response to the issues on Northam Burrows and certainly supported by the majority of the respondents in our recent public consultation.”

The council said officers authorised to issue such a direction would be clearly identifiable and would only do so if they have reason to believe the behaviour of the dog has caused, or is likely to cause, a nuisance, annoyance or disturbance to any other person, or the worrying or disturbance of any animal or bird.

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