Home secretary Theresa May’s criticism of dog control orders has been welcomed by KC Dog, the Kennel Club’s group in place to help responsible dog owners protect their rights.

Home secretary Theresa May’s criticism of dog control orders has been welcomed by KC Dog, the Kennel Club’s group in place to help responsible dog owners protect their rights.
 
Home secretary Theresa MayDuring her speech at the Coin Street Community Centre in London on July 28, Mrs May denounced existing anti-social behaviour legislation, but went on to echo the Kennel Club’s belief that dog control orders are largely ineffective and do not act as a deterrent for irresponsible owners. She called the sanctions “ludicrous”.
 
Dog control orders were introduced under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, giving local authorities the power to place restrictions upon dog walkers and issue penalties for failure to comply.
 
Kennel Club communications director Caroline Kisko said: “The Kennel Club is encouraged that the home secretary has recognised the failings of dog control orders and we are hopeful that the Government will take this forward.
 
“KC Dog has worked closely with local authorities and dog walkers across the UK, and our experience shows that councils can combat irresponsible behaviour by discussing problems and developing solutions alongside the local community, without resorting to restrictions.”
 
For further information on KC Dog, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcdog.
Mrs May’s speech can be read in full here.

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