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Fines for dogs off leads in parks
Irish setter dog
Dogs will be banned completely from play areas
Dog owners could be fined 80 for letting their pets off leads in public parks in Manchester.

The city council wants to stop dogs running loose completely in some parks, and in selected areas in others.

They include parts of Heaton Park - one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, Ardwick Green Park, Beech Road park in Chorlton and Sackville Street.

The council says the ban will help tackle dog fouling and the problem of stray dogs.

As part of the proposals, fines for dog fouling will also be increased from 50 to 80.

'Real problem'

Dogs will be excluded from play areas, sports grounds and cemeteries and there will be a limit on the number of dogs people can take on public land.

More than 90 parks and public areas will be affected by the ban.

Councillor Paul Murphy, executive member for Direct Services, said: "We know that we need to take further steps to control dogs as all the feedback that we get from talking to residents has identified dog fouling and stray dogs as a real problem.

"Most dog owners in the city are considerate and responsible but as always a minority do not care and it is this minority that we want to tackle with these new proposals."




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