Doncaster Council has introduced a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog fouling and control.
The council say the PSPO, which came in to operation in July, is designed to clamp down on fouling offences and anti-social behaviour.
A spokesperson for Doncaster Council said: “The vast majority of dog owners in Doncaster act responsibly, and will not be significantly impacted by the PSPO. However, those who spoil the community by failing to control their dogs or pick up after them face tougher punishment and more stringent controls across the borough”.
Under the PSPO dogs may be banned from certain areas, or owners may need to keep their pets on a lead. Enforcement powers to tackle owners who don’t pick up after their dog have been extended too – new rules mean that anyone walking a dog will need to be carrying appropriate means to pick up after it, or else they could face a fine.
Signs will be posted in areas where the PSPO is in force.
Cabinet Member for Communities, the Voluntary Sector and Environment, Cllr Chris McGuinness, said: “I want to make it very clear that this PSPO is not about punishing or criminalising responsible dog owners, nor is it a money-making scheme for the council. As always, our enforcement officers will be using their common sense when they enforce the PSPO and will not be handing out fines left right and centre to people who do keep control of their dog.
“What the PSPO will help us to do is stamp out the irresponsible dog ownership that leads to environmental crime and anti-social behaviour, which I’m sure everyone agrees is totally unacceptable. These orders give thoughtless dog owners no excuse and makes it much easier for the council protect other residents and the environment from these selfish individuals.”
Full details of the PSPO orders, and a list of frequently asked questions, can be viewed here: www.doncaster.gov.uk/pspodogcontrol