Frequently asked questions
Why have you introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)?
The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and caring; however a small minority do not always behave responsibly. Feedback from local residents has consistently raised the issue of dog fouling and nuisance behaviour from dogs that are not under proper control.
The adoption of this order makes it easier for the authority to deal quickly and efficiently with the small minority of dog owners who behave irresponsibly, while at the same time encouraging a culture of responsible dog ownership.
This order, along with our ongoing clean-up campaign, will bring a number of benefits, including the creation of a cleaner environment, reduction of health problems associated with dog faeces and the promotion of responsible dog ownership.
It represents a modern and effective way of enforcement when required and provide a common sense method of dealing with an issue of constant concern for our residents.
We believe that the Public Spaces Protection Order is a fair, balanced and proportionate response to the current problems that are experienced within the county. We believe that it is necessary and proportionate in terms of the controls that it imposes. It imposes reasonable controls that we think should apply to all dog owners except for those who we have made exempt.
Does the order apply to working dogs?
The order does not apply to the normal activities of working dogs, whilst the dog is working. Therefore, we will not prosecute if we are satisfied that a dog was working at the time that when the order was breached.
For example, we will not prosecute any breaches committed by:
- Any dog being used for emergency search and rescue work.
- Any dog being used for law enforcement work.
- Any dog being used by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
- Any dog being used for the herding or driving of cattle or sheep.
- Any dog being lawfully used for the capture or destruction of vermin.
- Any hounds or dogs that are being lawfully used for the purposes of hunting.
If you have a dog that you use for work, the order will still apply to the dog when it is not working. For example, if you use a dog to hunt, you will still need to comply with the order when you are not hunting with it.
How will the areas be sign posted?
Dog fouling and dogs on leads by direction are county-wide offences and therefore advisory warning signs will be placed in hotspot areas.
Dog exclusion areas will have advisory signs placed at entrances to the designated areas under these orders.
How long will the order last for?
The order will last for a period of three years, but it may be extended by the council in due course. There is a statutory consultation process that we have to follow if we decide to vary this order, to extend it, or to make any additional orders.
Does the council have other options/powers for dealing with dog control issues?
The council can also use Community Protection Notices (CPNs) to deal with Dog Control Issues. A Community Protection Notice is a legal notice that imposes conditions on the behaviour of an individual who is causing anti-social behaviour. They are intended to deal with ongoing problems or nuisances which negatively affect the community’s quality of life, by targeting the individual(s) responsible for it.
Community Protection Notices will be used to deal with any other problems on a case by case basis, enabling us to impose conditions on the behaviour of irresponsible dog owners without affecting other dog owners who do behave responsibly.
If there is evidence to show that there are other problems in the county and this approach is not working to our satisfaction, the council will be able to vary this order or make further PSPOs at that stage to address any continuing problems.
What will happen to existing controls?
We will no longer enforce the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, as we will use the Public Spaces Protection Order to deal with dog fouling instead.
The existing byelaws introducing seasonal dog exclusions (from May 1 to September 30) at Cefn Sidan and Llansteffan beach and the byelaw requiring dogs to be kept on leads at all times on Llansteffan Green will remain in force.
The byelaw excluding dogs from the children’s play area at Pembrey Country Park will no longer be enforced. Dogs will still be excluded from that area, but we will enforce the PSPO instead.
Page updated on: 01/07/2016