Dog control order to be enforced in north Liverpool
Dogs have been banned from certain parts of north Liverpool as a new control order has come into force.
The pets are no longer allowed in cemeteries, school playgrounds and playing fields, children's play areas and sports pitches in parks.
The order, approved by Liverpool City Council following a month-long consultation period, covers the Anfield, County and Kirkdale wards.
Owners can still let their dogs off a lead in general areas of parks.
The order states all dogs - except guide dogs - must be kept on their leads on pavements and when owners are told to do so by an authorised officer if their dogs are causing a nuisance in outdoor public places.
Tim Beaumont, assistant cabinet member for the environment and climate change, said: "This order is aimed at encouraging responsible dog ownership.
"There has been overwhelming support in the area for this initiative from teachers, friends of parks groups and local residents.
"This is a pilot scheme and if it proves successful then we will look at extending it throughout the city.
"It is about dog owners showing pride in their neighbourhoods and acting responsibly."