October 25, 2021

The Mid and East Interim Council has confirmed that dog control orders are under consideration.

This is the first in a series of meetings to review dog control orders before a public consultation.

In 2015, controversial proposals to introduce dog control orders within the Mid and East Antrim were scrapped after a public consultation announced by a local authority sparked a backlash from residents and thousands of people on a request. Signed in which it was demanded to withdraw the controversial proposals.

One said at the time that the process was “terribly flawed from the beginning” and that “any future plan should involve the affected groups from the outset and not react to public pressure for long.” Click. Here To read

The council is targeting the dog in a dirty hotspot.

During 2019/20, only three fixed penalty notices were issued for littering and dog falls in the Mid and East Antrim. Complaints of dog impurity in 2018/19 dropped to 112 during 195/2019/20 and 104 during 2020/21.

In April, the Borough Council brought in an enforcement team from the West Investigation Support and Enforcement (WISE) to authorize the issuance of notices of fines for littering and desecration of dogs, and the Central and Eastern Interim. Will target “hotspot areas”. 12 month pilot.

Since April 12, 2,076 fixed penalty notices have been issued.

Anyone who fails to catch their dogs or leaves litter will be issued an £ 80 fixed penalty notice on the spot.

Commenting after last week’s meeting, Larne Lowe Alliance Councilor Danny Donnelly said: Dog owners need to strike a balance with enforcement. Clean up after your pet and keep dogs in the lead in some public areas.

John Stewart, MLA for East Antrum Ulster Union, said: “I welcome the council, which consults with the public but in reality reviews dog control orders where dogs can and cannot leave their guidance. They will not change things radically.

“The majority of dog owners are responsible and considerate. However, there is a minority who clearly do not care about the rules and regulations. The local government needs to work closely with the Stormont departments to ensure that dog litter Innovative ways to deal with a never-ending problem have emerged.

“Dogpo’s DNA test is often recommended to identify criminals and that’s what I support. However, the most immediate problem is that of unlicensed dogs.

A spokesman for the Mid and East Interim Borough Council said: “In July 2021, the council began reviewing existing dog control orders that came into force in 2016.

“In order to better prepare for the period of public consultation, a program of several selected member workshops was organized, the first of which took place on 31 August.

“Upon completion of these workshops, the officers will prepare for a full public consultation, as it did in 2015. In addition to providing information on our website and social media channels, there will be several open information sessions.”

“The imposition of fines for litter and dog abuse is a separate matter from the review of the planned Dog Control Order.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter.

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