Council targetting on reducing dog attacks

Coun Terry Brown
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A CRACKDOWN on dog attacks in Chorley will be launched next month.

New tough measures against dog owners are being introduced following a rising number of complaints.

Chorley Council said its officers had been dealing with an average of one report of aggressive dog behaviour every week.

The new control orders - approved by the council - are aimed at making folk more responsible for dog ownership and tackling the increasing problem of dog attacks. They will come into force on July 23.

In April, A German shepherd dog that terrorised postal workers in Chorley was ordered off the streets. The dog, kept by owner Gourpeaji Singh, 33, of Montcliffe Road, was also to be kept muzzled after four separate attacks on Royal Mail workers.

Also in April, toddler Lulu Parker was attacked by a dog while she played at the Erskine Road recreation ground near her home on Harpers Lane, Chorley,

And last month, David Sharples risked his life to save his pet when a Rottweiller-type dog, off its lead, walked towards him and attacked near Duke Street playing fields, Chorley.

Coun Terry Brown, who oversees animal welfare at the council, said: “I must stress that these aren’t draconian orders and people will still be able to let their dogs off their leads to exercise them responsibly in our parks and open spaces.

The orders mean:

*Dogs must be on a lead in certain areas such as roads, publicly-maintained footpaths and areas where an organised activity is taking place.

*Dogs will be excluded from play areas.

*Officers will have powers to instruct dog walkers to put their pets on a lead if they are causing a nuisance

A consultation exercise was carried out over a six-week period and the vast majority of people were in favour of the new orders, which will give the council more powers than historic bylaws set several decades ago. “It’s been really disappointing to see a rise in the number of complaints the council receives about dogs not being kept under control and we are now going to do more to tackle this problem,” said Coun Brown.

Anyone in breach of the new orders will be subject to a £75 fixed penalty notice – the orders can be read in full at www.chorley.gov.uk/dogcontrol