East Hampshire dog walkers could face fines for breaking rules

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DOG control orders that could see people being fined up to £1,000 are coming into effect at a beauty spot.

They are being introduced from April 12 at Butser Hill, near Petersfield.

People can be fined if they do not clear up their dog’s mess, for walking six or more dogs together as a group, and for letting dogs run free in areas where livestock graze.

They will be enforced by Queen Elizabeth Country Park rangers, who can issue on-the-spot fines.

Although the rangers are employed by Hampshire County Council, the legal body supporting the rangers is East Hampshire District Council.

Dave Griffiths, the council’s environmental protection officer, said: ‘The rangers will carry out their normal duties, so are in an ideal position to police this. But if there is a need for legal action the district council will be the authority behind it.’

The orders are being introduced after complaints about dog mess.