Taking your dog for a walk?

Binbrook and the surrounding area  is a fantastic place for dog walkers and their canine friends. There are several footpaths leading from the village offering circular walks of various lengths. If its just a quick stroll then again there are various walks available. Please follow the advice below

Dogs on leads

There is no blanket law requiring dogs to be kept on a lead in all public spaces however please ensure your dog is under control at all times. Even the quietest of dogs can suddenly become  scared and respond in a way that is totally out of the ordinary.

Dogs must not be allowed to be ‘dangerously out of control’, which means injuring someone or making someone fear they may be injured. This applies to any breed or type of dog.

Owners (or the person in charge of the dog at the time) who allow their pets to hurt a person face punishments of up to three years in prison for injury, or 14 years for death, an unlimited fine, disqualification from owning pets, and having their dog destroyed. It is also an offence to allow a dog to injure a registered assistance dog.

Dogs and livestock

Dogs should not be allowed to ‘worry’ livestock. This means owners must prevent dogs from attacking livestock, chasing livestock, or not being on a lead or under close control in a field containing sheep.
Even if your dog does not bite livestock, chasing or barking at them can cause pregnant animals to abort their young through stress.

If you are walking across farmland where you can see livestock, or even if you think sheep, cattle, goats or other animals maybe nearby, it’s really important to put your dog on a lead.
Even if your pet does not usually chase, they may become excited by unusual smells, sounds or movements, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Dog fouling
Dog fouling consistently ranks as the number one thing the Parish Council receives complaints about, and it’s easy to understand why. It smells, it gets stuck to your shoes, and it causes a hazard to the environment.

Your local authority also has the power to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to curb dog fouling, including requiring dog owners to pick up after their dogs in certain areas or requiring owners to carry poo bags on them at all times. Owners can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 for not complying with regulations. 
Even if you walk in areas with no legal requirement to pick up poo, it’s important to get into the routine doing so. It might seem like not much harm has been done, but canine faeces can contain parasites that, if not cleaned up, can spread to grass and, if eaten, can cause blindness in people and pregnant cattle to abort their young.

In several places around the village there are  free dog poo bags available for you to use when walking with your dog. Please make use of them and dispose of the bag in a sensible place such as a litter bin. Please don't leave them on a wall or hanging in a tree and forget to collect them on your way home.

Please help to keep Binbrook free of dog fouling