Here you will find guidance on reporting domestic animal welfare issues, stray dogs, controlling dogs and reporting dog mess in public places.
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This is not to be used for reporting problems with wild animals such as birds, rodents, foxes, etc. There are various organisations, such as the RSPB and the RSPCA, which can help in these cases.
Notice of Consultation
The Council made a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control under section 59 of The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 in 2017. Section 60 of the Act confirms that the duration of any such PSPO shall remain in force for a period not exceeding three years, unless it is extended under the provisions of that section.
Rather than extending the existing PSPO, the Council is now making a new PSPO to replace the same to take account of some alterations which do not fall within the scope of variations permitted under section 61 of the Act (principally the arrangements and definitions of “assistance dogs”) but otherwise the new PSPO will be of substantially the same effect as that currently in force.
Full details are set out in the Notice of Consultation and we welcome your comments via any of the methods shown in that Notice.
The proposed PSPO will be entitled The Northumberland County Council (Dog Control) Public Spaces Protection Order and it is intended that it will come into force on Friday 31 January 2020.
Any representations or comments on the terms of the proposed PSPO should be sent to:
Senior Animal Welfare & Environmental Enforcement Officer
Northumberland County Council
Animal Welfare & Environmental Enforcement
Housing & Public Protection Service
Or by email to: email@example.com
Please can you send any comments no later than Friday 06 December 2019.
The Council will consider all representations and comments received before deciding whether or not to make the PSPO.
We believe it should be socially unacceptable to fail to clean up after your dog and that you should leave only pawprints which is why we’re encouraging residents to become a Green Dog Walker.
- Free poop bags for you and to give to other dog walkers
- A green dog armband to encourage other dog walkers to talk to you about the scheme
- Leaflets to hand out to dog walkers, encouraging them to also take the Green Dog Walker pledge
PLEASE NOTE: The Northumberland County Council Green Dog Walker scheme is only open to residents of Northumberland.
I hereby volunteer to accept a Green Dog Walkers ® Armband and pledge to take part in the campaign as follows:
1. I will wear the armband as often as possible when walking my dog(s).
2. I will at all times clean up after my dog and dispose of the bag in a bin.
3. When others walk my dog I will encourage them to clean up after my dog.
4. I understand that wearing the armband indicates that I will carry extra doggie bags to distribute to other dog walkers if requested.
5. At no time when wearing the armband will I aggressively confront other dog walkers about dog fouling. I fully understand that Green Dog Walkers® is intended to be a non-confrontational and friendly campaign to change attitudes about dog fouling.
6. I agree that Green Dog Walkers® maycontact me to take part in questionnaires or surveys regarding my Green Dog Walker® experience, to help judge the success of the project.
To view the Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control) click here
Please note that Schedule One of the Order will not apply in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and/or upon which a person relies on for assistance.
To view the Environmental Enforcement Fixed Penalty Notice Policy 2017 Click here.
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