People walking four dogs at once in Gosport now face £100 fine

PEOPLE who walk more than four dogs at a time in Gosport will now be fined, following a change of rules.

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:34 pm

As previously reported, Gosport Borough Council was introducing the £100 penalty yesterday. The authority said it was in a bid to combat dog mess and poorly controlled animals.Previously walkers were allowed to walk six dogs at once.

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One professional dog walker said it will affect business.

Nick Lower, who runs Gosport Dog Walking, said: ‘I struggle to see how this will help. I’m out every day and I hardly ever see anyone walking more than four dogs. How big a contribution it can possibly be making, I honestly don’t know.’

Councillor Graham Burgess had previously said the council received ‘many complaints’ from residents about dog mess. He said: ‘In a densely-populated borough like Gosport, we do believe new rules are needed.’