Council to use new dog powers
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.