Action is being taken to tackle reckless dog owners in the area of Chapel St Leonards in Skegness. Dog control orders have been put into place which specify that dog owners should clear up after their pets anywhere in the village or face a fixed penalty notice if caught in the act. In addition, all dog owners will be required to put their pet on a leash on any part of the promenade.
The measures have been taken due to the large number of complaints about un-cleared dog mess and dogs running around in public places without a leash. There have also been a number of incidents including one involving a woman who was bitten by a dog on the sea defence wall and a man who was bitten after a dog attacked his dog. One dog was also seen freely pursuing another along the street which could have potentially caused a car accident or an accident involving a pedestrian.
The council’s community warden Alex Stewart will have powers to instruct dog owners to put a leash on their dog if it is considered a threat to people or other animals. In addition, offenders may face a fixed penalty notice of £75 or a maximum fine of £1,000 from a magistrates’ court if the owner refuses to pay the initial sum. Although the council has previously taken a gentler approach to dog control, the measures have become necessary due to a few dog owners who have behaved irresponsibly.
Dangerous dogs and compensation
Some dogs are perfectly friendly but there is still a chance that they could bite someone or attack another dog if they feel afraid or are under stress. If a dog is allowed to run freely without a leash, it could potentially cause a car accident if it runs into the road. It may also attack someone if under duress.
To prevent accidents or injuries, keep your dog safely on its leash and pick up dog mess to prevent people from slipping and falling. Reckless dog owners can be held liable if you have suffered an injury due to their negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 and our advisers are on hand to provide you with no-obligation advice if you are seeking compensation.
Should you suffer an injury due to a reckless dog owner, you may be able to win a cash payout for your pain and stress.
Call us to discuss your claim and to take advantage of our no win, no fee policy which ensures that you won’t be out of pocket to pursue your legal right to compensation.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Source: Skegness Standard
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown