Nottingham

Lenton Abbey Dog Control Order introduced after attacks

A Dog Control Order is being introduced in a Nottingham suburb where people have been using dogs as weapons.

The order requires owners in Lenton Abbey to keep their pet on a lead at all times and dispose of faeces or face fines of up to £1,000.

It follows complaints from residents to police that the animals were being set upon humans and other dogs.

The new order comes into force from 24 October.

Richard Antcliff, head of neighbourhood enforcement for Nottingham Community Protection, said: "Dogs had been attacked and there were reports of dog fights being set up in the park where dogs were trained to attack each other.

"Other reports made to police include injuries having been sustained by both dogs and people. Dog fouling was also reported as a significant problem.

"Although other cities have Dog Control Orders that cover larger areas, this is believed to be the largest one with these particular stipulations, namely requiring dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead."

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