To All in the Village
Please be aware there has been an increase in dog fouling around the village lately, it is such a disappointment to see our lovely village being spoilt by a few lazy dog owners.
The whole of the borough is covered by the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, meaning those who fail to clear up after their dogs can incur a fine of up to £1,000 in the courts, or an £80 fixed penalty notice. If you see a dog fouling and you have the chance please get a photo and identity of the dog and owner time and place and get in touch with either me on 07899947981, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Kerry on 01493 846677 email email@example.com
There have been several people fined in The Borough lately don’t let it be you!
Whilst on the subject of our beautiful dogs have you had your dogs micro chipped? From 6 April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales will be legally required to be microchipped and their details registered on one of the authorised databases such as Petlog. Northern Ireland has already introduced this measure.
There are many places offering free micro chipping although the cost is relatively small anyway usually under £15, talk to your local RSPCA, Dogs Trust or other animal welfare trust to see if they are offering it free. This will help get your dog back safely if it is lost or stolen, it will also help get you informed if your dog is involved in an accident. There is also a petition going at the moment to stop micro chipped dogs being destroyed without trying to contact the owners where if your dog gets out and was not micro chipped it could be put to sleep after just a few days of not being claimed, so again don’t let this happen to your dog get it chipped! Please also be aware micro chipping does not replace a dog needing an identity tag all the times it is out in a public place unless it is working (example Gun Dog working on a shoot)
I would also like to warn you please don’t leave your dogs tied up outside shops or anywhere else where you cannot see them it only takes a few seconds for someone to steal your dog, often they are stolen as bait dogs which means they will be used by dog fighting rings as practice for fighting dogs, in these cases their teeth are often filed down so they cannot protect themselves and they are killed by fighting dogs so never leave your dog unattended as any dog can be bait! The people who steal your family pet for this sport if you can call it that are not bothered if your dog is old or young or pedigree or mongrel and they also watch the local papers looking for dogs advertised free to a good home so never advertise your dog that way always give it to the breed rescue. These people can turn up looking very smart and tell you your dog will have a great life with a lovely garden etc never trust anybody with your dog they are a love and a treasure to you but to someone else they could be just money.
Please also be aware that dogs are not allowed in the small children’s area on the Bell Lane playing field and not allowed in the hard court area either.
With all that said enjoy your dogs, they are a big part of your family ours will enjoy many camping trips this year, and many lovely walks. Having three keeps me very busy but never too busy to enjoy meeting your dogs too.
Lesley on behalf of all the village dog wardens and Bough Rangers
We have a new dog warden in the village, her name is Anne and she will be helping to keep the village clean. We are now a group of 5 voluntary dog wardens. If anyone else is interested in becoming a dog warden your help would be most appreciated please contact me on 07899947981. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember to clean up after your dogs and to keep a collar with id tag on them at all times they are out in public places.
All Dog Owners please read
I would just like to bring it to your attention that all dogs need a collar with tags which states contact details for the owner of the dog. It is a requirement of law that your dog has this information while out in any public place. There seems to be some misconception that if your dog is micro chipped it won’t need to wear these details. This is not the case; all dogs in public places must wear a collar with ID tag.
The legislation that applies is the” Control of Dogs Order 1992″ which was made under the “Animal Health Act 1981”. This states
Wearing of collars by dogs
2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.
(2) Paragraph (1) above shall not apply to—
(a)any pack of hounds,
(b)any dog while being used for sporting purposes,
(c)any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin,
(d)any dog while being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep,
(e)any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise or the police force for any area,
(f)any dog while being used in emergency rescue work, or
(g)any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
The penalty under this act is a maximum fine of £2000, however if a dog is considered to be out of control, which could be the case if it has no collar so cannot be controlled, a fine of £20,000 or 6 months imprisonment could apply.
I have brought this to your attention because when a volunteer dog warden brought this subject up, the person she was talking to was very rude and totally out of order! This is unacceptable when people are being kind enough to volunteer their time to try to keep our village safe and clean, sadly there are still a few selfish people in our village who have no regard for anybody else’s safety or well being.
Enjoy your dogs safely, and keep them safe. There has been a rise in dogs being stolen especially gun dogs, always make sure you know where they are and if they live outside their areas are well lit and have good locks.