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Council to control dog numbers in high-rises to limit noise problems

By Richard Guttridge | Dudley | News | Published:

The number of dogs in high-rise blocks in a borough will be 'reasonably controlled' in a bid to limit noise nuisance – but council bosses have opted against imposing a ban.

Dudley Council is aiming to cut anti-social behaviour incidents and disputes in flats involving dogs.

A consultation of tenants found more than two-thirds were in favour of banning dogs from high rises in the borough.

But the authority has instead decided to control the numbers of dogs and educate owners on their responsibilities.

The tougher approach on dogs follows reports of 'nuisance or aggression' towards tenants and council workers.

A report said the council will aim to ensure 'that the number of dogs in any block of flats is reasonably controlled and all units of accommodation of all types have a number and type of dogs suitable for that property'.

Bosses will also be encouraging responsible dog ownership to try and ensure pets are looked after and kept under control.

A survey of 350 tenants found 68 per cent wanted either no dogs or only in exceptional circumstances.

A council report said: "It is proposed that we work with local partners to provide information and support to tenants so as to promote the welfare of dogs and reduce the incidence of nuisance or aggression by dogs to staff, visitors, tenants and service providers.

"A small budget of around £2,000 per year will be used to promote responsible dog ownership and to make a contribution to support the RSPCA who will provide free health check and chipping events each year and have also offered free training to our housing staff."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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