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New rules for dog owners have been agreed

New rules on where dogs will be allowed in public places across North Dorset are to be brought in next month.

It's after more than 800 people took part in a consultation.

The changes will start on March 31.

Councillor Andrew Kerby, Community Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, said: "North Dorset District Council carefully considered the views of dog owners and the concerns of other residents who use public places such as parks.

"After considering 859 responses the council attempted to strike a balance and also simplified a raft of regulations. 

"The result is the new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2019, which will replace existing orders.

"This decision was taken at a meeting of the district council’s cabinet and then approved by full council.  

"Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to share their views on how dogs should be managed in public places in North Dorset. 

"We have looked carefully at the results and have tried to strike a balance to suit the interests of all.

"North Dorset District Council encourages responsible dog ownership. 

"Most owners are very responsible, unfortunately a small minority who do not clear-up after their dogs do cause a problem."

Here is the new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 

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