Dog owners in Dorset need to be aware of new rules, which come into force on 1 January 2021.
For the first few weeks of the dog-related PSPO coming into force Dorset Council will focus on advice and guidance to dog owners explaining the new rules.
The Order replaces a number of existing dog-related PSPOs across the Dorset Council area.
The intention is that the new Order will provide clarity and consistency across the area for dog owners and non-owners alike about dog controls on public open spaces such as beaches, sports fields and other public areas.
Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Customer and Community Services said, “The Order has been made to protect the health of Dorset residents and visitors and is particularly aimed at areas that children and families use.
“It focuses on times and places that attract families, but leaves a variety of open spaces, countryside and beaches where there aren’t any restrictions.
“It is a compromise, and as such, won’t be everyone’s ideal situation but it provides a balance for dog owners and non-owners.”
The Order follows a 15-week consultation that received 8,602 responses. 83% of responses were from local residents, with 15% from visitors and 2% other organisations. 64% of responses came from dog owners and 36% from non-dog owners. 6.6% of the respondents considered they had a disability.
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