Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO's) came into force in October 2017. These PSPO's automatically transformed the four previous Dog Control Orders into current PSPO's
The following four amended Dog Control Orders (laws) are currently in force across Preston:
Themakes it an offence to not pick up your dogs waste on land where the orders apply.
For information on how to report a dog fouling issue see dog fouling.
Themakes it an offence to take dogs into the following prescribed areas:
Themakes it an offence to not put a dog on a lead if given direction by an authorised officer on land which the order applies.
Theorder makes it an offence for a person to not have a dog on a lead in prescribed areas as follows:
Failure to follow any of the orders is an offence which could lead to prosecution.
If prosecuted, you may be either:
1. Fined up to £1000 and receive a criminal record upon conviction
2. Given the opportunity to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice will result in prosecution.
Please note: there is no appeal process for persons who have received a Fixed Penalty Notice.
A Person who receives a Fixed Penalty Notice may either pay the fine or choose to go to court.
Please be aware that there are special exemptions for persons registered as blind or to persons who rely on trained assistance dogs.
Every dog must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner on the collar or an attached plate/badge whilst in a public place.
Failure to follow to this order is a criminal offence which may lead to fined up to £5,000. For more information see dog collar and tag.
This act gives power to the police and ourselves to deal with anti-social behaviour, which can be applied to dogs.
For us to take action, the behaviour of the dog must be:
1. Depending on circumstances, we will endeavour where possible to talk directly to the dog owner to firstly advise and educate them regarding responsible dog ownership.
2. A written warning is sent to any owner that is failing to control their dog.
3. If the owner ignores the warning they will be sent a Community Protection Notice (CPN).*
4. If the owner does not follow the CPN, they may be given a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecuted and fined up to £2,500. The court may also order the dog to be taken away from its owner.
*The CPN may order the owner to carry out work such as fixing a hole in the fence through which the dog regularly escapes, or making the dog owner take the dog to obedience lessons.
If a dog attacks or worries livestock on agricultural land the owner and or keeper commits an offence and may be fined up to £1,000. Under certain circumstances farmers can shoot dogs that are worrying their livestock.
If a dog is shown to be dangerous then the courts can order that the dog is kept under proper control (e.g. muzzled and on a lead in public places) or destroyed.
The information on this page covers the most commonly used legislation in Preston. Other legislation that may apply to your dog includes the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 1973 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and 2018.