DOG OWNERS in Malvern Hills District could face on-the-spot fines if they fail to pick up after their pets, writes Billy Powis.
The district council’s executive committee approved the Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on Tuesday and the new rules come in on May 1.
As well as dog faeces not being picked up, pets must be put on leads when requested to do so by an authorised officer.
Dogs are also forbidden from fenced or enclosed children’s play areas and owners must have ‘means to pick-up’ – for example poo bags – when walking their pets.
Coun Tom Wells said it was important to keep the district clean and dog mess-free.
“Alongside our residents, we are passionate about keeping the Malvern Hills District clean and safe.”
He added the new law – introduced after a six-week consultation which 480 residents responded to – was an important step for the district.