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Dog Control order: It bites

posted 28 Aug 2015, 09:54 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 28 Aug 2015, 09:58 ]

A dog owner has been fined £400 for failing to keep his dog on a lead on Sneinton Dale. Why, and what else could you be fined for doing in the street?

Fixed Penalty Notices are issued for a number of "Enviro-Crime" offences. Three of these relate specifically to the "Sneinton Dog Control Order" and carry a fixed penalty notice of £80 and maximum court fine of £1k:
  • Failing to keep a dog on a lead, no more than 60 inches long
  • Dog found in a "dogs excluded" area (eg playgrounds)
  • Dog Fouling
The Nottingham Post has printed a story about a man in Sneinton being fined £400 for failing to keep his dog on a lead. A fixed penalty notice (£80) was issued but when this was unpaid the Magistrates Court bumped up the fine to over £400. Read the Post story here.

The Dog Control order was introduced in 2014 after a consultation process, and includes areas where dogs are excluded, where dogs must be kept on a lead and where dog fouling is prohibited. All these offences can lead to a fixed penalty notice... so dog owners beware!

The maximum fine for the offence is theoretically £1,000 so maybe he got off lightly...?

A full list of streets affected by the order 
A list of Fixed Penalty offences and fines- what else might you be charged with?

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