Newham dog owners targeted in clampdown

Anti-social dog owners are being targeted as part of a borough-wide clamp-down.

Newham Council has received numerous complaints about nuisance dogs and canine fouling.

Dog Control Orders (DCOs) mean owners have to put their canine on a lead when they are asked to do so by a council enforcement officer, because it is causing a nuisance to others.

Owners must also remove their dog’s excrement from the land.

Breaching the control orders could result in a fine of �80 to the person in control of the dog. Failure to pay the fine may result in criminal proceedings, with a maximum fine of �1,000.

Cllr Unmesh Desai, Newham Council’s Executive Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour said: “We know that dog fouling and dogs not being controlled in public are key concerns for residents. The majority of dog owners are responsible and this is targeted at the irresponsible few.

This is why we will tackle anti-social dog owners by: Cracking down on owners who allow their dogs to foul and do not pick up.

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Taking targeted action within areas where nuisance from dogs affects the local community.”

Dog Control Orders can be enforced by Street Scene Enforcement Officers, Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO).

You can report any concerns over dangerous dogs to the Animal Welfare Team on 020 8586 9739, nuisance dogs to the council on 020 8430 2000 or the the RSPCA advice line for help and information on 0300 1234 555 (the line is open 9am to 5pm, weekdays only).