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Picking up poo and dogs on leads – important rules remain in place

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Rules which protect the public, dog owners and their pets will remain in force following a public consultation.

Stroud District Council’s Public Spaces Protection Orders (Dog Control) mean that dog owners must continue to:

  1. Pick up dog faeces.
  2. Put dogs on leads when directed to do so by an officer.
  3. Keep dogs out of areas signed as exclusion areas, e.g. children’s play areas.
  4. Keep dogs on leads in designated areas such as allotments, cemeteries, car parks, canal towpaths, designated cycle tracks and specified footpaths used to reach schools and colleges.

The full wording of the Orders can be viewed at www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/animal-welfare/dog-warden-service. Exemptions exist for assistance dogs.

“We are grateful to everyone who responded to the consultation, which gave the council, partners and the public the chance to carefully consider these important rules,” said SDC Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Chloe Turner.

Committee Vice-Chair Robin Layfield added: “Dogs are an important part of many peoples’ lives, and this consultation shows that responsible dog owners will continue to support the PSPOs.”

The Council provides around 500 specific dog waste bins around the district but dog walkers can also use any litter bin or their own general household waste bin to dispose of dog waste.

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