Dogs are banned from some open access areas and elsewhere they must be on a lead

Dogs are banned from some open access areas and elsewhere they must be on a lead

Police in Yorkshire have issued a reminder to walkers to keep dogs on a lead.

The warning to outdoor enthusiasts taking to open access land with their animals comes as provisions of the right-to-roam law take effect this month. Police in North Yorkshire said farmers in the area had raised concerns as the lambing season approaches.

The stipulation to have dogs on a short lead does not apply to public rights of way, but owners can still fall foul of the law if their dogs worry or chase livestock.

The rule, under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, means dogs must be kept on a lead between 1 March and 31 July. In some open access areas, they are banned completely.

PC Clare Mayes, Countrywatch liaison officer for Thirsk, said: “I would like to remind all dog walkers to ensure that their pets do remain on their leads where required.

“It is important that they remain obedient and under control at all times to ensure there is no potential for them to chase or worry sheep that may be in lamb.

“Livestock are an important part of farmers’ livelihood and they would appreciate the public’s assistance in protecting their animals at an important time of year for them.”

The CRoW Act also says that if a dog disturbs the nest of a rare bird, the owner can be liable to a large fine.

Owners can also be fined under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act if their pets are found to be worrying or chasing livestock.

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