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Wolverhampton tightens dog controls after complaints increase

City of Wolverhampton Council has strengthened its Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) following a rise in recent complaints relating to dog control issues.

The updated PSPO includes requirements for dogs to be on a lead at identified locations across the city including major arterial routes and in cemeteries, as well as the requirement to carry a suitable means of removing dog faeces.

Anyone found not complying with the order runs the risk of an on-the-spot fine of £80 and could also be taken to court and prosecuted.

The amended dog control PSPO will come into force on 1 October.

Councillor Craig Collingswood, cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “The vast majority of dog owners are very responsible and would not put others in danger. But there is a small minority who are unwilling to keep their dogs under control or clean up after them.

“The PSPO, which does not apply to assistance dogs, is being introduced following a public consultation and will be in place for three years, with its impact closely monitored and the opportunity for a further public consultation at a mid-way point to ensure the measures are effective.”

Councillor Carol Hyatt said: “Since April this year there has already been 63 complaints about out-of-control and dangerous dogs, so I would appeal for all dog owners to take particular care and act responsibly.

“The next highest number of complaints was 74 for the whole of 2018-19.”

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