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Sandwell Council consults on dog controls

Sandwell Council has launched a public consultation on its Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPOs), which relates to dogs in public spaces across the borough. 

As part of the consultation, the local authority is considering whether dog walkers should be required to carry the “appropriate” equipment to pick up their dog’s waste. 

It is also consulting on whether allowing a dog into a children’s play area or enclosed sports area, such as a tennis court, should be considered an offence. 

If included in a PSPO, the power to issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone refusing to comply with these requests would be made available. 

The current order also requires anyone in charge of a dog to pick up their faeces should it defecate while in their control. 

Sandwell Council has invited residents to have their say on the proposed orders before the consultation period draws to a close on 16 November. 

Councillor Syeda Khatun, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “We all want to live in a pleasant place where people treat each other with courtesy and respect. 

“I would encourage anyone to take a look at the consultation to let us know if they believe this approach is appropriate.” 

To respond to the consultation click here.

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