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Barking mad' orders lead to dog owners' confusion

PUBLISHED: 15:27 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

PET owners have been contacing a council concerned that it was trying to ban dogs from all its public parks. The confusion arose from a Bromley council consultation process with residents to see how they felt about plans for Dog Control Orders and the r

PET owners have been contacing a council concerned that it was trying to ban dogs from all its public parks.

The confusion arose from a Bromley council consultation process with residents to see how they felt about plans for Dog Control Orders and the results, published in a report on Monday, show the majority of those who responded had misunderstood the council's purpose.

Out of 56 responses, 47 sought clarification or thought the council was banning dogs.

The report states that the council may expect to issue around 80 £80 fines, making around £2,000 profit from the scheme after deducting the cost of its administration. The orders would be in place in certain green spaces and parks around the borough. Fines will be issued for failing to remove dog faeces, not keeping a dog on a lead, not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer and permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded.

A spokesperson for Bromley council said: "It is proposed that the orders will replaced the old system of by-laws. We have simply applied these orders to the existing areas."

One dog owner we spoke to described the orders as 'barking mad'. Earlier this month, the Times reported how a lurcher mauled to death a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in front its owner at Hayes Farm, off George Lane in Hayes. Under the Dogs Act 1871, it is a civil offence if a dog is dangerous to people or animals and not kept under proper control by being on a lead or muzzled. If not, it can be destroyed or subjected to control order.

Stephen Jeffrey watched on in horror as his 12-year-old beloved pet, Liddy, was killed by the lurcher which was not on a lead. The "gentle" spaniel died the next day from a punctured lung.

Information given to the Times about the suspected owner has been handed to Bromley Police.

For a full list of green spaces and parks which are subject to dog control orders, contact Bromley council. kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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