Guidelines for dog owners
Dogs are permitted on the festival site but must be on the lead and under the close control of their owner. No liability attaches to the festival or any of its members for any action by a dog or its owner and by bringing your dog into the festival grounds you acknowledge your responsibility and liability for its actions.If you are requested by any of the stewards or security personnel to better control your dog back please do so.
Anybody with a dog considered by the security personnel to be a nuisance to other people on the festival site, may be asked to leave the site and refused permission to re-enter, unless they have made arrangements for the dog to be looked after outside of the festival site.
Please read the following advice from the government regarding controlling your dog in public.
Controlling your dog in public
It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere.
The law (The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, as amended in 1997 and The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2013-14) applies to all dogs.
Out of control
Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:
- injures someone
- makes someone worried that it might injure them
- it injures someone’s animal
- the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal
A farmer is allowed to kill your dog if it’s worrying their livestock.
You can be fined an unlimited amount or be sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.
If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to 5 years or fined (or both). If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.
If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or be fined an unlimited amount (or both).
If you allow your dog to injure a guide dog you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years or fined (or both).
- You can be given an on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice if you don’t clean up after your dog. The fine currently issued by Babergh DC officers is £50.
- If you refuse to pay the fine, you can be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.
- Bures Parish Councils require dogs to be kept on the lead on the recreation ground unless the dog is being walked along the riverside.