Our dog control service offers assistance with lost or stray dogs and promotion of responsible dog ownership.
You can help to make Charnwood a better place to live by making sure your dogs do not foul in public places and if they do, please clean up after them. Keep your dog under control at all times (whether on or off the lead) and make sure your pet never strays. Be mindful of other wildlife including animals and birds and respect their space.
Of course, pets can escape, but you need to be aware your dog is at risk if left to roam and could easily be injured or cause an accident. In the countryside, a farmer is entitled to shoot a loose dog if he fears it may attack livestock.
There is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Charnwood which outlines how you should behave with your dog in public places. You should always be fully in control of your dog(s).
Information about the Public Spaces Protection Order for dog control in Charnwood can be found below.
- Public Spaces Protection Order dog control Charnwood Borough Council 2020 (PDF Document, 2.89 Mb)
Charnwood Borough Council have also worked with Bradgate Park Trust to make a Public Spaces Protection Order for Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods.
The PSPO for Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood was originally made in 2016, amended in 2018 and extended in February 2020 and will be in place for up to three years.
- PSPO Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood - Dog Control 2020-2023 (PDF Document, 0.2 Mb)
Dog control issues in your community
Dog control issues can often be dealt with using the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 with a Community Protection Warning and a Notice if the behaviour is on-going and/or persistent. The law states that we should contact the owner of the dog with information on how to ensure their dog is in their control whilst in the community.
A Community Protection Notice can be issued by the Police, council officers and/or Social Landlords to stop persistent, unreasonable behaviour which is having a negative impact on the community's quality of life. It can be served on individuals aged 16 and over or on an organisation/business.
Once an issue has been identified, a written warning will be given to the alleged perpetrator of the problem behaviour requesting that they meet the conditions outlined in the warning and also highlighting the consequences if they continue.
A Community Protection Notice can include a requirement to stop doing something, to start doing something, or to take reasonable steps to avoid further anti-social behaviour. Breaching a Community Protection Notice is a criminal offence and you may be fined up to £20,000.
From Wednesday, April 6 2016 it is compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England to be fitted with a microchip, or owners could face prosecution and a fine of up to £500.
You can get a microchip at a vets for a small fee, this is a quick and inexpensive process which involves implanting a tiny chip below the skin in the scruff of the dogs neck. The microchip contains a unique bar code which can be read by scanners used by Dog Wardens and other dog related professionals and provides contact details of the dog’s owner.
The Dogs Trust also microchips pets. A local centre is based in Wymeswold, Leicestershire.
For more information about the changes visit www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped.
Last updated: Wed 21st October, 2020 @ 13:38