'Unruly' dogs in Leeds face banning orders

Dogs have been banned from some school grounds, remembrance sites and wildlife areas in Leeds.

The move follows a public consultation by Leeds City Council in an attempt to clamp down on "unruly behaviour".

The order, which came into force on New Year's Day, said dogs must always be kept on a lead on all roads, footpaths and grass verges across the city.

Professional dog walkers can now walk up to six dogs - two more than is allowed for members of the public.

The Council said that while most dog owners clean up after their dogs and keep them under control, a minority of people "do not act responsibly", causing problems for residents.

Fixed penalty fines

Councillor Mark Dobson said: "People in Leeds feel strongly that we need to be able to clamp down on unruly behaviour by dogs.

"Law-abiding dog owners and walkers who keep their animals under control and away from places where they could cause a nuisance will still be able to take them out in public as they wish."

The dog control orders will be reviewed once a year, when other locations can be nominated for a ban or other restriction.

People may also be told to put their dogs on a lead at any time and in any place if council officials consider the dog to be behaving badly.

Anyone breaching the orders faces a £75 fixed penalty notice, a possible court appearance and fines of up to £1,000.

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