RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on dog control orders during a major consultation.
Hartlepool Borough Council has launched the exercise to find out what people think about the orders which were first introduced in 2008.
It follows a number of recent requests for changes to existing orders as well as some calls for new ones to be put in place.
Officers say dog control Orders give local authorities a range of powers to deal with irresponsible owners and respond to problems caused by dogs in a more co-ordinated and effective way.
These include fining people who don’t clean up after their pets or fail to keep them on a lead.
The orders also allow councils to limit the number of dogs allowed onto particular areas of land, or to exclude them altogether.
In some areas, the orders allow for dogs to be exercised freely.
Kate Ainger, the council’s environmental projects officer, said: “We want people to tell us which areas of town they feel should be covered by a dog control order and which type of order would be most appropriate.”
The closing date for responses is July 31.
More information on the orders currently in force in the town can be found on the council’s website at www.hartlepool.gov.uk by entering dog control orders in the search box.
Printed versions of the consultation information can be picked up from Hartlepool Civic Centre and town libraries.
For more information call Kate Ainger on (01429) 284172 or firstname.lastname@example.org