Let's Talk About Dogs

Let’s Talk about Dogs in West Devon

Have your say on the control of dogs within the West Devon Borough Council area. Where they are allowed to go, be on a lead, access and restrictions and of course dog fouling. West Devon Borough Council are running a consultation on their Dog Control Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO).

PSPOs are a tool available to Councils under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are intended to be used to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is having a detrimental effect to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which will apply to everyone.  Officers can issue fixed penalty notices up to £100.00 for those who don’t follow the Orders.  The current PSPOs are due to expire March 2024 and so the Borough Council needs to consult to see if the current ones should be extended or any additional areas to be included.

Existing offences which we are looking to extend:-

Failure to pick up after a Dog – Dog Fouling
Requiring Dogs to be on leads / Failure to put a dog on a lead after being instructed to do so by an authorised officer – Dogs on Leads
Dog Exclusions Areas – Dog Exclusion Areas

The survey closes on 14th November 2023 – click here to have your say on dog control