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Dogs on lead by direction

You must put your dog on a lead of no more than two metres in length when directed to do so by an authorised officer. You will only be asked to put your dog on a lead if your dog is considered to be causing a nuisance to other people or another animal.

This part of the order allows people authorised by the council to issue a direction requiring the person in charge of a dog to place it on a lead of no more than two metres in length. They can only issue such a direction in limited circumstances. For further information on circumstances when a direction can be issued to put a dog on a lead, please see the question below.

For these purposes, a “lead” means any rope, cord, leash or similar item used to tether, control or restrain a dog, but does not include any such item which is not actively being used as a means of restraint so that the dog remains under a person’s close control. Therefore, if you put your dog on a leash but then fail to keep hold of it or to affix it to something suitable so that the dog remains under your close control, you will still commit an offence.

A request to put a dog on a lead can only be made where an authorised officer of the council believes that such restraint is reasonably necessary to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog that is likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person, or the worrying or disturbance of any animal.

You will not be required to place your dog on a lead if it is not causing or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to others, or the worrying or disturbance of any animal.

The direction can be given by "an authorised officer of the council". This has a wide meaning and means any person who is authorised in writing by the council for the purpose of giving directions under the order. This can include a person who is not an employee of the council, such as employees of a contractor or a partner agency.

The council recognises that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and keep their dogs under control whilst taking them on public land. However, if they are not properly supervised and kept under control, dogs that are allowed off a lead in public areas can cause road traffic accidents, and can cause nuisance or injury to members of the public and to other animals.

Having the power to require someone to place their dog on a lead when it is causing a nuisance will give us and our partner agencies a flexible, visible tool to tackle any problems when they do occur.

The council accepts that dog owners need to be able to exercise their dogs off a lead in open spaces, for animal welfare reasons. We believe that this order strikes a fair and sensible balance. It still allows people to walk their dogs off lead in public areas, but gives us the power to deal with any problems as and when they occur, by requiring an individual to place their dog on a lead.

Yes, if you are directed to place your dog on a lead you must use a lead no more than two meters in length.

Yes you can still use and extendable lead, but you must not extend it beyond two metres if directed to place your dog on a lead of no more than 2m in length.

This part of the order will apply to all public places in the county of Carmarthenshire.

However, the owner, occupier or person in control of a public place can give the person in charge of a dog permission not to comply with the order on the land. They can give this permission to individuals, to groups of people, or to everyone that uses their land. By giving this permission to everyone they can opt out of the order, so it will not then apply to the land.

For these purposes, a "public place" means any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission.

This includes indoor areas that are used by the public.

Page updated on: 01/07/2016

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