Too scared to use the park be­cause of danger­ous dogs

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

all we’re ask­ing.”

Shirley Clel­land, head of fleet and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices at the coun­cil said they were aware of the al­leged in­ci­dent re­gard­ing the fam­ily and said they had given ad­vice re­lat­ing to con­trol of dogs leg­is­la­tion.

She added: “If a mem­ber of the public is con­cerned about a dog or dogs not be­ing con­trolled by the owner they should con­tact En­vi­ron­men­tal Health on 0303 123 1015.

“We are happy to ar­range for our En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice En­force­ment Of­fi­cers to mon­i­tor the park pe­ri­od­i­cally when re­sources per­mit. Grounds Ser­vices will re­view the ex­ist­ing sig­nage at the main en­trances to the park and where nec­es­sary in­stall new or up­grade ex­ist­ing signs.”

The Con­trol of Dogs (Scot­land) Act 2010 al­lows the coun­cil to take ac­tion to deal with dogs who are ‘out of con­trol’. A dog is deemed ‘out of con­trol.’ If it is not be­ing kept un­der con­trol ef­fec­tively and con­sis­tently or if its be­hav­iour gives rise to alarm, or ap­pre­hen­sive­ness. The coun­cil can is­sue a Dog Con­trol No­tice (DCN) re­quir­ing a per­son to ‘bring and keep a dog un­der proper con­trol’. Breach of a DCN is an of­fence which may lead a fine of £1000 or dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from hav­ing cus­tody of a dog.

A spokesper­son for Ruther­glen Po­lice Of­fice said: “The ad­vice to the public is to be aware that if you are a dog owner, then you are per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing the dog is un­der con­trol at all times and not in a po­si­tion to cause harm or dan­ger.

“If a dog is deemed to be out of con­trol and danger­ous then po­lice will in­ves­ti­gate.

“How­ever own­ers can en­sure they are tak­ing the proper mea­sures by keep­ing their dogs on a lead in public places.

“If you re­quire po­lice as­sis­tance on a mat­ter such as this or wish to re­port, please call 101.”

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