Dog owners face £1,000 fine in tougher new rules

The latest on the tougher new rules for dog owners being introduced in Birmingham, which include not being allowed to walk more than four dogs at once, and always keeping your dog on a lead on public roads and pathways.

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Delays for fliers warning dog owners of new rules

One of the fliers warning dog owners about the changes to Dog Control Orders Credit: ITV News Central

Twenty thousand fliers warning dog owners about the new dog control orders were printed in mid January, but so far only 6000 have been put up around Birmingham.

The council says they've been delayed by the bad weather. Most dog walkers ITV Central spoke to today were not aware of the tougher new laws.

They'll be enforceable from tomorrow and carry a maximum £1000 fine.

Dog walking businesses fear new tougher rules

Today Louise is walking five dogs in Highbury Park in Kings Heath. Tomorrow, that won't be possible. Credit: ITV News Central

Several dog walking businesses contacted by ITV News Central today fear the city council's tougher new Dog Control Orders will have a negative impact on their businesses.

One professional dog walker Louise Francis-Taylor from Selly Oak said:

"Currently we're insured to walk six dogs at a time. We're professionals and we're experienced. If the dogs are all under control, I don't see the problem."

Today Louise is walking five dogs in Highbury Park in Kings Heath. Tomorrow, that won't be possible.

The five new Dog Control Orders include not being able to walk more than four dogs on open land at any one time, and always keeping your dog on a lead when on a public road or pathway.

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Council say new Dog Control Orders are 'necessary'

Stock photo of a stray dog in a rehoming centre Credit: PA

Vikki Allwood, senior animal welfare officer for Birmingham City Council says these dog orders are necessary to stop irresponsible owners letting their dogs roam the streets unaccompanied. She said:

"Our officers have picked up the same rottweiler 20 times. Luckily he's good natured but it's obviously very scary for families and children to see a dog like that running around by himself."

The next time they pick him up, his owner will be fined £80.

What are Birmingham's new rules for dog owners?

Tough new Dog Control orders are being introduced in Birmingham from tomorrow, with the threat of a £1,000 fine and prosecution for dog owners who don't comply.

The new rules are:

  • It will be an offence to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which the public have access. This order will replace and extend the existing controls under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
  • it will be an offence to fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead at all times on all public roads, adjoining footways and verges.
  • It will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter into or remain in any clearly demarcated children’s play area, and school land.
  • It will be an offence to fail to put that dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer on any land to which the public have access and is open to the air.
  • It will be an offence for a person to take more than four dogs onto open land in Birmingham.

Dog owners face £1,000 fine in tougher new rules

Stock photo of two dogs being taken out for a walk Credit: PA

Tougher new rules are being introduced in Birmingham for dog owners from tomorrow.

The city council is putting five new Dog Control Orders in place which include not being able to walk more than four dogs on open land at any one time, and always keeping your dog on a lead when on a public road or pathway.

Anyone ignoring the orders will face an on-the-spot penalty fine of £80, and failure to pay could lead to prosecution and a maximum fine of £1,000.

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