Call for limit on number of dogs walked

New dog control orders have been agreed in Blackpool

New dog control orders have been agreed in Blackpool

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New rules on where dog owners can exercise their pets in Blackpool will come into force from July 1 after being approved by councillors.

But calls have been made for the council to go a step further and limit the number of animals an individual can walk at any one time.

Blackpool Council’s executive has approved two dog control orders setting out areas which dogs are excluded from, and areas where they must be kept on leads.

It follows on from two orders agreed last year which increased fines for dog fouling from £50 to £80 and gave town hall enforcement officers additional powers to order people to put their dogs on leads where necessary.

A spokeswoman for Blackpool’s Tower Dog Training Club said: “Dog owners have been widely consulted about the dog control orders, and nothing much has really changed apart from the council is enforcing the rules a bit more.

“But while some councils also have restrictions on the number of dogs people can walk at any one time, Blackpool has not gone down this path.

“However we believe they should because there has to be a limit to the number of dogs someone can control and pick up after.”

People in Wyre for example, are only allowed to walk up to four dogs at a time.

Blackpool Council bosses said they might consider a further order in future to cover the issue of multiple dog walking.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhood services, said: “We have listened to local dog owners, taken their views on board and are happy that these orders strike the correct balance of freedom for responsible dog owners.

“We are confident that any remaining controls in place will be immediately recognised as being necessary to prevent problems of safety, damage, health or hygiene.”