Kennel Club says proposed measures – which include the abolishment of dog control notices (DCNs) – will not work and believes that current measures are better in dealing with dog-related anti-social behaviour.
The Kennel Club (KC) has slammed the Home Office for its proposed amendments to the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill concerning irresponsible dog ownership.
The club is also “very disappointed” that “interested organisations” have not been consulted on the draft bill.
The club said the proposed measures – which include the abolishment of dog control notices (DCNs) for public spaces protection orders – will not work and that the “current measures in place”, including the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 and the Dogs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011, are “better in dealing with dog-related anti-social behaviour“.
Caroline Kisko, secretary for the KC, said: “While we appreciate that steps are being taken to address the issue of irresponsible dog ownership in regard to anti-social behaviour, we would like to see a clear plan for reducing anti-social behaviour incidents related to irresponsible dog ownership and measures that would target individual dogs and owners and not penalise the responsible dog owner.
“The Kennel Club feels this could be best achieved through DCNs, currently in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and being considered in Wales.
“On two occasions, The Kennel Club contacted Lord Henley, [the then minister for crime prevention and anti-social behaviour reduction], to express concern over the proposals and request a meeting to discuss the issue further,” she added. “We were assured by Lord Henley that his department would be hosting a working group for stakeholders to discuss these concerns before any further announcement was made, but this seems to have fallen by the wayside.
“This is very disappointing when many interested organisations could have provided useful insight and solutions to some of the issues currently causing concern within the bill.”