Important new legislation - 6 April 2016
From 6 April 2016 all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped and the details stored on the microchip database must be up to date. We are calling on all dog owners and breeders to ensure their dogs are chipped if they aren’t already and to check correct details are registered with the appropriate microchip database. You can find out more by downloading our Microchipping leaflet (PDF 245KB).
The law gives the council new powers to issue notices ordering owners to microchip their dogs. We will not be using the new enforcement powers until 6 July 2016 to give owners time to take action.
Throughout this three month grace period, anyone the dog wardens speak to will be advised to get their dog chipped. Any dog they come into contact with will be scanned for a microchip. If the dog is not chipped the wardens will offer to arrange this for owners. If the offer is declined, the new enforcement notice will be issued. The legal notice gives the owner 21 days to take action. If the dog is not chipped after this period, owners could face a £500 fine.
Dog Control Orders
Leeds City Council have adopted a number of dog control orders to balance the needs of those in charge of dogs against the interests of those affected by dogs. This takes into account the need for people, in particular children, to have access to dog free areas and also have areas where dogs are kept under strict control. From the 20th October 2017, dog control orders will be known as public space protection orders.
The orders require a person responsible for a dog to:
- pick up dog faeces left by a dog at all times
- keep dogs on leads in designated areas. In Leeds this includes all roads, pavements and footpaths (including gated alleyways) next to carriageways, as well as cemeteries, crematoria and some specialist public gardens
- put dogs on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
- ensure dogs do not enter designated exclusion areas. Dog exclusion areas include children’s playgrounds, some sports courts, remembrance and wildlife gardens, and many school grounds
- limit the number of dogs walked to a maximum of four at a time. We believe that this is a reasonable number as the person responsible for the dogs could find it difficult to control more than four dogs. The exception to this rule is professional dog walkers which are allowed to walk up to six;
Copies of the Orders and a full list of designated areas can be found in the Documents section.
It is an offence for a dog to be in a public place without a collar and tag with the owners name and address on it. If your dog does not have a collar and tag you can be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000. Dogs must now be micro chipped so owners can be contacted in the event their dog is lost.
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