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Hefty fines await careless dog owners

PUBLISHED: 09:49 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:19 25 August 2010

OWNERS who do not pick up their dog s poo can be fined up to £1,000 after a new law came into force this week. The Dog Control Orders, which came into power throughout Greenwich on Monday, make it an offence to take a dog into some public areas.

OWNERS who do not pick up their dog's poo can be fined up to £1,000 after a new law came into force this week.

The Dog Control Orders, which came into power throughout Greenwich on Monday, make it an offence to take a dog into some public areas.

These include children's playgrounds and dogs must now be on leads to enter estates and roads.

But, there still remains a number of designated areas where dogs can be exercised freely off the lead.

Councillor Maureen O'Mara said: "This is not about restricting responsible pet owners from walking their dogs.

"It's about making sure dogs are kept on their lead in places where they should be - like the borough's pavements and estates - before they can then run free in designated parks and open spaces.

"This is also about making sure people do pick up after their dogs - not doing so is deeply unpleasant, not to mention a health risk, and by enforcing this rule we will be going a long way to making our streets both cleaner and safer.

"We have brought in these new rules after careful and lengthy consultation with all our residents and firmly believe we will now have a system in place which will work well for both dog owners and other residents alike."

A leaflet has been sent to every household in Greenwich in this week's edition of the council's newspaper - Greenwich Time - with full details of the new rules.

For more information, see www.greenwich.gov.uk/dogcontrol.

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