Leeds owners may need to keep pooches on dog collars and leads

Monday, 15th August 2011

Owners in Leeds may have to keep their pooch's dog collar and lead on while they are out walking in the city, as the council is considering extending its dog control orders.

According to the BBC, control orders issued earlier this year mean that dogs have to be kept on leads in some areas if they are causing a problem.

This may now be extended so that dogs will have to be kept on a leash on certain lads, such as footpaths, cemeteries and carriageways.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services for Leeds City Council, told the news provider: "These orders are aimed at controlling dog behaviour - particularly when they are acting dangerously - and we want to know whether people would us to take this further.

"For instance, when we have looked at this previously, it has been suggested that there are merits in keeping dogs on leads."

Orders already in place mean that owners could face fines up to £1,000 if their pooch is not on a lead and they enter land where dogs are not allowed.