Dogs - Dog control and fouling

Dog fouling is unpleasant, a danger to health, and an issue that affects many people in the district. While the majority of owners behave responsibly, there remains a minority of dog owners who do not and it is these people we aim to target through enforcement and awareness campaigns.

On Monday 2 October 2017 a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in relation to dog controls came into force across the whole of the Wyre Forest district. This replaces a number of out of date by-laws to create a more comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with issues such as dog fouling, keeping dogs on leads, and excluding dogs from certain areas.

PSPOs specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people in that area.

This order will...

  • Require dog owners to clean up after their dog
  • Require dog owners to produce a means to pick up when requested to do so by an authorised officer.
  • Require dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer.
  • Require dogs to be kept on a lead in certain areas.
  • Exclude dogs from certain areas.

This will apply to all land the public have access to within the district of Wyre forest unless the land owners have stated otherwise. 

Always clean up after any dog under your control. Then dispose of the bag correctly in either a dog waste bin, a litter bin, or take it home and place in your own waste bin. Do not dump the bag in a hedge, hang it in a tree or dispose of it any where elsewhere as this is littering, which also carries a penalty. 

If you are walking a dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or you could buy a poop scoop.  Asking dog walkers to produce a means to pick up will allow the council to tackle those dog owners who do not intend to pick up after their dog.

Always make sure that you have more bags than you may need. It never hurts to be prepared for the unexpected and you may even be able to help out a fellow dog walker. 

Council officers may direct a dog to be placed on a lead when it is causing a nuisance and/or a danger to other people and their dogs. This will be at the authorised officer’s discretion. You will breach the PSPO if you fail to put your dog on a lead after you have been asked to do so. 

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens

This area is a small formal garden used for a number of small events. The area features an ornamental fish pond and Green Theatre. Due to these community events and the quiet nature of this area, located in the centre of Bewdley, it was decided that this was not a suitable location for dogs to be off their leads. This decision has been supported by public consultation.

Kidderminster Cemetery

This area was selected following a number of complaints about dogs that were not under control and following the feedback received through public consultation. As a result and out of respect it has been decided that all dogs should be kept on a lead in this area. 

PSPODogs Lead Areas (1)

Dogs will be excluded from all fenced/enclosed children’s play areas, splash pads and water play areas.

This was decided so that all families could safely enjoy these facilities. This was strongly backed by the public who responded to our consultation. 

Any person found guilty of breaching the order is liable on summary conviction to a fine up to £1000. Or depending on the behaviour in question, the enforcing officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice of £100 would be the most appropriate sanction.

This PSPO may be enforced by any person designated by Wyre Forest District Council. This could include Civil Enforcement Officers, or other frontline staff. 

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