A COUNCIL has introduced new powers which will allow them to fine and prosecute careless dog owners.

Following a period of public consultation, Rossendale Council will introduce a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that will come into force after being signed off at a recent full council meeting.

PSPOs give the council powers to deal more effectively with irresponsible dog owners.

They cover such things as not picking up dog mess, not carrying poo bags and not putting dogs on a lead when instructed to by an authorised officer.

If a PSPO is breached a fixed penalty notice can be issued of £75, leading to prosecution if that is not paid.

Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customers, Cllr Steve Hughes, said: “Our borough is dog-friendly and we want everyone to enjoy our wonderful parks and public spaces.

“Most dog owners are responsible and dog walkers add to the variety of any park.

“But unfortunately a minority spoil it for everyone.

“Dog fouling is a constant issue which residents are fed up of and these orders give us powers to tackle the selfish few who thoughtlessly do not control their dogs and inflict misery on others.

“Most responsible dog owners will agree that these new powers will help with the issues created by the irresponsible few.”