Selfies promote responsible dog-owners

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Dog-lovers across the Derbyshire Dales are being urged to get behind a responsible owner campaign to remind them about its enforcement rules.

Exclusion orders and a dogs-on-leads policy in certain areas means council workers have powers to issue a £100 fixed penalty notice to dog owners who flout the law or fail to remove dog mess.

To hammer home the message that the vast majority of dog owners act responsibly, the district council is asking local people to post selfies of themselves and their dogs - or just their dogs if they prefer - on the council’s Facebook page @derbyshiredales and on their Twitter and Instagram channels using the #dddogs hashtag.

The winner, picked at random when the competition ends on April 30, will receive a goody bag for their four-legged friend.

A District Council spokesperson said: “The orders introduced in 2015 balance the needs of responsible dog owners with the interests of those affected by dogs, particularly children.

“Educating local people and visitors who regularly use our parks and open spaces is a big part of measures that encourage dog owners to act responsibly.

“We carry out regular patrols in our larger parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock, as well as in cemeteries and council-owned gardens and open spaces.

“And we are always happy to respond to residents’ requests for patrols in specific areas where there is a problem that needs tackling.”

The full list of sites affected by dog orders can be viewed online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/dogcontrols - where local people can also report any dog fouling problems.