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Hammersmith & Fulham Council limits dog walkers

Hammersmith & Fulham Council, in London, is to introduce a public space protection order (PSPO) to tackle irresponsible dog owners.

The order, which will introduce a new four-dogs-at-a-time limit for dog walkers, follows a vicious dog attack in Margravine Cemetery in July, which left four people injured.

To help address safety concerns, the council has designated new “dog free” zones, these include playgrounds, fenced picnic areas, and war memorials.

In other areas, dogs may now be required to wear leads to help nature thrive, significantly in wildlife conservation areas, forest schools, cemeteries and churchyards.

The new PSPO will also help tackle dog fouling. Anyone who fails to clean up after a dog or to carry a ‘poop scoop’ or disposal bag with them may be fined up to £100.

New park signs and officers from Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s dedicated Law Enforcement Team will provide guidance on what rules apply.

Officers are patrolling the borough and will be at hand to support residents with the new rules and requirements.

Councillor Rebecca Harvey, Hammersmith & Fulham Cabinet Member for Social inclusion & Community Safety, said: “While many dog owners are responsible, the majority of residents came to us, saying that they didn’t feel safe – so we acted.

“We thank everyone who shared their views, and for helping us make our borough safer, cleaner and enjoyable for all.”

The new rules apply to both dog owners and professional dog walkers.

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