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Picking up poo and dogs on leads – important rules remain in place

Dogs must be on leads in specified areas

Rules which protect the public, dog owners and their pets will remain in force following a public consultation.


Stroud District Council’s Public Spaces Protection Orders (Dog Control) mean that dog owners must continue to:


  1. Pick up dog faeces.
  2. Put dogs on leads when directed to do so by an officer.
  3. Keep dogs out of areas signed as exclusion areas, e.g. children’s play areas.
  4. Keep dogs on leads in designated areas such as allotments, cemeteries, car parks, canal towpaths, designated cycle tracks and specified footpaths used to reach schools and colleges.

The full wording of the Orders can be viewed at Exemptions exist for assistance dogs.


There are more than 500 dog waste bins in the Stroud district

Responses to a recent consultation and review of the Stroud District Council Dog-Related Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) saw majority support from formal consultees and the public for retaining all four PSPOs unchanged. Dog owners breaching these rules could be liable for a £75 fine, or prosecution in court with a fine of up to £1,000 in cases where dog faeces is not picked up.


The PSPOs are reviewed every three years, and consultation with the public and formal consultees is an important part of the decision-making process.

“We are grateful to everyone who responded to the consultation, which gave the council, partners and the public the chance to carefully consider these important rules,” said SDC Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Chloe Turner.


Committee Vice-Chair Robin Layfield added: “Dogs are an important part of many peoples’ lives, and this consultation shows that responsible dog owners will continue to support the PSPOs.”


The Council provides around 500 specific dog waste bins around the district but dog walkers can also use any litter bin or their own general household waste bin to dispose of dog waste.


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