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Initiative to promote safe and responsible dog ownership launches in Mid Glamorgan

Led by South Wales Police, and in conjunction with multiple partner agencies including local authorities and registered social landlords, the LEAD (Local Environmental Awareness on Dogs) project is designed to improve engagement with dog owners of all breeds. 

The proactive process aims to reduce the risk to communities that have arisen through irresponsible dog ownership and antisocialDangerous dog 1 behaviour (ASB), via engagement, education and early intervention. LEAD will enable partners to share intelligence and implement a range of measures such as warning letters, acceptable behaviour contracts and, ultimately, enforcement action if appropriate.

Inspector Jon Duckham said: “There have been a number of tragic cases of dog attacks in recent times, including some here in Wales, which has led to an increased awareness of dog attacks and the need for owners to be educated and responsible. 

“This initiative will enable us, alongside our partners, to work with our communities to improve that education in the hope of preventing dog attacks which can be absolutely devastating for all concerned. Dog ownership does come with responsibilities, and those who do not take their responsibilities seriously impact on their pet’s welfare and pose a real risk to the community. 

“The hope is that rolling out the LEAD scheme will send a clear message that we and our partners are 100% committed to protecting the public and ensuring that enforcement action is taken against irresponsible owners who fail to engage with partner intervention.”

The LEAD initiative will be piloted in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend county boroughs from December 4th, with the aim of rolling the scheme out across south Wales in due course. 

More information about responsible dog ownership and important legislation can be found here.