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Don’t fall foul of Knowsley’s dog ownership rules

by Gemma Melling

This October marks two years since a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced to promote responsible dog ownership in our borough. However not everyone may be aware of the measures put in place so Knowsley’s green spaces and wider communal areas can be enjoyed by everyone.

Following feedback from the public the PSPO was introduced in 2017. Those who fail to comply face fines of £100. The PSPO requires people in charge of dogs to:

  • Always carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after your dog at all times.
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times in council-owned cemeteries and allotments.
    Don’t take your dog into certain enclosed children’s play areas, games areas or areas used for sport and leisure
  • Remove your dog’s mess if it fouls.
  • Put your dog on a lead if instructed to do so by an authorised officer.

A Knowsley Council spokesperson said:

“These measures were implemented in response to public feedback and are crucial in enabling us to create safe spaces for our residents.


“The order strengthens our existing powers and enables our dedicated officers to deal with offences in a timely manner to the benefit of local communities across Knowsley.”

Anyone found guilty of breaching the order is liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £1,000.  Depending on the behaviour in question, the enforcing officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice of £100 would be most appropriate sanction. More information about the orders can be found here on the Knowsley Council website.