Dog control order made for Rushden park

A dog control order will be in force from next month at Rushden Hall Park where a man was badly injured in an unprovoked attack.

A dog control order will be in force from next month at Rushden Hall Park where a man was badly injured in an unprovoked attack.

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A dog control order will be in force from next month at a park where a man was badly injured in an unprovoked attack.

Rushden Town Council asked for the order to be made after Mundip Sembhi was attacked by a boxer-type dog in Hall Park, Rushden, in broad daylight on February 22.

The proposals went out for public consulation and were discussed by East Northamptonshire Council this week.

A spokesman for the district council said: “Following a request from Rushden Town Council that Hall Park be effectively zoned into two areas, by way of specific Dog Control Orders, East Northamptonshire Council carried out consultation to gather views of park users.

“A report was presented to the East Northamptonshire Council policy and resources committee on April 7 and councillors voted unanimously for the orders to be put in place.

“The main section of the park, to include the central path and the ‘woodland walk’ will now be a ‘dogs on leads’ area.

“This is different to the existing order as it will mean that all dogs must be on a lead at all times within the area of the order, rather than the current arrangement which only means that a dog must be placed on a lead where an authorised officer is in attendance to request it. The eastern side of the park, immediately adjacent to the ‘woodland walk’ and to include the additional strip of newly acquired land on the eastern edge of the park will not be covered by any specific control and only covered under the main dog control orders that cover the whole district of East Northamptonshire.”