DOG owners in Wyre Forest who fall foul of new canine control orders have been warned they will be fined.

Wyre Forest District Council enforcement teams have been out educating owners and highlighting the measures aimed at curbing fouling and restricting where dogs can be let off the lead.

The public space protection order came into effect on October 1 but now, anyone who fails to clean up after their dogs or properly control them in public spaces will be hit with £100 fixed penalty notices.

Councillor Rebecca Vale, cabinet member for operational services said: “Dog fouling is one of the general public’s biggest concerns, which is why we introduced new dog control measures last year with the resounding support of residents who took part in online and face to face consultation.

“The vast majority of dog owners support the controls and accept that clearing up after their pets, having the means to clean up and keeping them on leads in certain areas are reasonable.

“We accept that in most areas it’s fine for dogs to be let off the lead, so long as they are under control, but there are areas which are not suitable.”

The two main areas where dogs should be kept on a lead at all times are Kidderminster Cemetery and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens in Bewdley, which has ornamental gardens and fish pond, Green Theatre and is used for small events.

Councillor Vale added: “Public Space Protection Orders are not designed to make money or to catch people out but are used as a part of a “tool kit” to enable councils to tackle anti-social behaviour directly.

“Officers are able to use discretion and are instructed to use a common sense approach in their enforcement duties.

“By all pulling together we will succeed in keeping our district clean, safe and looking good.”

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