Dog owners could be fined £100 for walking their dog on the beach this summer

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Dog owners could be fined £100 for walking their dog on the beach this summer



PET-LOVING Brits risk a hefty fine for walking their dogs on the beach this summer.
Between May 1 and September 30 many local councils ban dogs from beaches in their areas.
Apex News People who are caught flouting the ban could be hit with a fine of up to £75.
They’re allowed to do this under what’s known as “Public Spaces Protection Orders” (PSPO).
People who are caught flouting the rules could be hit with an on the spot fine of £100.
But this could rise to a whopping £1,000 if the case goes to court.
Restrictions differ by council though so the best thing to do is to ask what the rules are where you live.
Popular beach destination Brighton, for example, has a handy map showing where dogs can and can’t go between May 1 and September 30.
While in Devon, Torbay Council allows dogs on Shoalstone Beach, Watcombe Beach and certain others, but bans them on Broadsands Beach, Paignton Sands, and a handful of others.
In Blackpool, dogs are banned over the summer from using the beach between the North Pier and the Mirror Ball opposite the Solaris Centre.
Of course, guide dogs are allowed on beaches even when bans are in place under law.
You can also be fined under PSPOs for failing to keep your dog on a lead in certain areas and for walking too many dogs at a time.
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If you are out with your dog, you could get a £100 fine if you don’t have a poo bag on you.
You can also be fined up to £500 for failing to micro-chip your dog – although an investigation by pet shop Pets At Home found that some are being fined up to £2,000.
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