New rules about dogs in public places come into force in North Dorset on March 31.

More than 850 people had their say about where and when dogs should be allowed in public places.

North Dorset District Council considered the views of dog owners, and concerns of other residents who use public places, such as parks.

After considering responses, the council attempted to strike a balance and also simplified a raft of regulations. The new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2019 replace existing orders.

The district council’s cabinet decision was approved by the full council.

Councillor Andrew Kerby, Community Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder at North Dorset District Council, said: “The district council encourages responsible dog ownership. Most owners are very responsible; unfortunately a small minority who do not clear up after their dogs do cause a problem.”

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