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£1,000 fines for nuisance dog owners

PUBLISHED: 13:55 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 25 August 2010

DOG owners will be fined up to £1,000 if they don t keep their dogs on a lead in all public places, highways and estates. The new rules called Dog Control Orders were voted in by Greenwich council and apply to the whole borough.

DOG owners will be fined up to £1,000 if they don't keep their dogs on a lead in all public places, highways and estates.

The new rules called Dog Control Orders were voted in by Greenwich council and apply to the whole borough.

But there will still be parks and open spaces where pet owners can continue to exercise their dogs off their leads and these will be clearly signposted. The regulations will come into force when these signs have been put in place.

The new orders also mean dog owners have to pick up after their pets or face a £1,000 fine. They will also mean people cannot walk more than four dogs at the same time.

A leaflet will be sent to every home in Greenwich, giving full details of the new laws.

Greenwich council's cabinet member for neighbourhood services, Maureen O'Mara, said: "It makes total sense to bring these orders in across the whole of Greenwich and shows we've listened to residents and taken their views on board - public support for this move was overwhelming.

"It means we now have the powers to clamp down on the few irresponsible dog owners who leave dogs off the lead or fail to pick up after them, and still means there is plenty of space for people to responsibly exercise their animals off the lead.

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