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Dog control orders

Dangerous dogs

All dog owners should be aware of the laws relating to dog ownership. There are many different laws relating to dogs covering everything from owning an illegal breed, keeping dogs under proper control and fouling.

Dog control orders

Mansfield has three dog control orders in effect which are enforced jointly by the Dog Control Officer, Neighbourhood Wardens and Town Centre Wardens.

The orders apply to all public areas within the district (unless otherwise stated) and cover the following offences:

Dog fouling - Failing to remove dog faeces is an offence. See animal fouling for details.

Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded - Dogs are not allowed in children's play areas and sports facilities which are enclosed by a boundary fence or similar.

Not putting and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer - If you are instructed to put your dog on its lead by the Dog Control Officer, a Neighbour Warden or a Town Centre Warden, then you are legally required to do so.

Failure to comply with any of the dog control orders can lead to a fixed penalty notice of £75 or fine of up to £1,000.

Dangerous dogs

Dangerous dogs are dealt with by the police. All reports of incidents involving dangerous dogs should be reported to the police immediately by calling 101.



Page last updated: 16 February 2015

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