New dog control legislation will soon be coming into force across Bassetlaw from 1st September 2015.
Fines of up to £1,000 can now be issued for offences such as failing to pick up after a dog or walking a dog without a lead in designated public spaces.
The new Public Space Protection Order follows a two month consultation with the public in February and March earlier this year.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
“After much discussion with the general public and lots of constructive feedback I am happy to see the new dog control order put into practice this September.
“The legislation will make sure that responsible dog owners aren’t penalised but that the public are protected from the actions of the irresponsible minority.”
The legislation comes after central government passed the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act in 2014, giving local authorities new powers.
Dog owners can now face fines of up to £1,000 or a fixed penalty notice of £100 for failing to clean up after their dog anywhere in Bassetlaw.
They will also be required to keep their dogs on a lead in all church yards and burial grounds.
Dogs are also excluded from all fenced children’s play areas where very small children may be intimidated.
The legislation does not apply to dogs that assist the disabled such as the blind or deaf.
For more information on the new dog control order visit www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/dogcontrol
See the full order here: Dog Control Order – 1st September 2015