Middlesbrough Council is able to designate Dog Control Orders in an area where there's a proven need for dog control. This power is backed up by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
In an area which is subject to a Dog Control Order, owners are committing an offence if they:
- Fail to remove dog faeces
- Don't keep their dog on a lead
- Don't put, and keep, their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
- Permit a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded
- Take more than a specified number of dogs onto land.
Middlesbrough Council currently has 2 designated Dog Control Order (DCO) areas.
The first Dog Control Order covers the area known as Central Gardens around mima. This Order requires that all dogs are kept on a lead of no more than 5m and that all fouling is picked up and disposed of properly.
The second covers Albert Park. In Albert Park all dogs are required to be kept on a lead of no more than 2m in all areas except for the area that is designated for off-lead exercise (view the Dog Control Order map; maps are also located at all entrances to the park). However, between the hours of 8.30am and 10.30am every Saturday morning dogs must be kept on a lead throughout the park. Dogs are also excluded from both fenced children's play areas. Failing to remove dog faeces is an offence in all of these designated areas.
These DCOs will become Public Space Protection Orders in October 2017 as detailed in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
One Dog Control Order has already been converted to a PSPO. This covers all Council-owned cemeteries and crematorium, and came into force on 31 March 2017. View the full Public Space Protection Order for Middlesbrough.