Coun­cil to use new dog pow­ers

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

COUN­CIL chiefs have vowed to use new pow­ers to pro­tect the pub­lic from dan­ger­ous dogs.

For the first time, po­lice and coun­cils will be able to de­mand that own­ers take ac­tion to pre­vent a dog at­tack or risk a fine of up to £20,000.

If a com­plaint has been made about a dog to the coun­cil or po­lice, its own­ers could be or­dered to do any or all of the fol­low­ing – at­tend dog train­ing classes; muz­zle the dog or re­quire it to be on a lead in pub­lic; de­mand the dog be mi­crochipped and/or neutered; and re­pair fenc­ing to pre­vent the dog leav­ing the prop­erty.

Coun­cil­lor Les Gil­bert, Cheshire East Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for lo­cal­ism and en­force­ment, said the coun­cil would act swiftly and ro­bustly to pro­tect the pub­lic from dan­ger­ous dogs and bring of­fend­ers to book.

He said: “Dog at­tacks are dev­as­tat­ing for vic­tims and their fam­i­lies, which is why we will act to take tough ac­tion against those who al­low them to hap­pen.

“Po­lice and the coun­cil now have more pow­ers to de­mand that ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers take steps to pre­vent at­tacks be­fore they hap­pen.

“This is on top of the tougher prison sen­tences in­tro­duced by the Gov­ern­ment last, for own­ers who al­low their dogs to at­tack peo­ple or ‘as­sis­tance’ dogs.

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