Executive councillors to explore dog related issues in Pendle


Borough of PendlePendle Council’s Executive councillors are expected to agree to look closely at issues relating to dogs when they next meet on Thursday 23 October.

Councillors will consider a report outlining the Council’s present controls on dogs and how these will be affected by the new Anti Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act.

The Act also looks at irresponsible dog ownership.

Councillor David Clegg, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said:

“When the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives came together again to form an Executive in June of this year, we announced our 12 point plan for Pendle.

“This plan included our intention to clamp down on dog nuisance, with a review of Council powers, resources and local rules.

“This, coupled with the responsibilities for councils set out in the new Anti Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act, has prompted us to prioritise work around this.

“We intend to explore in detail how dog related issues are dealt with in Pendle.”

It’s expected that the Executive will agree to form a working group to explore issues such as dangerous dogs, dog attacks, dog control orders in parks and cemeteries and other public places, and dog fouling.

Councillor Clegg added:

“As part of this work we will consult with the general public, dog welfare groups, the Police, the RSPCA and other agencies on these issues. We will also seek the views of our area committees.

“We will then make a series of recommendations to the Council if we feel new controls are needed or if there are better ways of working.”

Further information about the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act can be found on www.gov.uk/government.