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Antisocial behaviour
Powers aimed at tackling irresponsible dog ownership come into force

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NEW legal powers to help the police and local authorities in England and Wales compel irresponsible dog owners to take action to keep their dogs under control came into force on October 20. The new powers were included in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, which was enacted by Parliament in March this year.

To help with enforcement, Defra has published a manual for police and local authority officers, explaining how they can use the new powers in dealing with dog-related incidents that are brought to their attention.

Defra explains that the manual is designed to improve understanding of the Act and to help frontline officers …

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