Dog owners need leads on new laws

Reporter:

Rhian Waller

PET OWNERS are demanding more clarity and consultation on “drastic” new dog laws.


Council proposals to place “dog control” and “dog exclusion” orders on parkland throughout Conwy triggered protests from owners, who are planning to walk on mass to Bodlondeb to hand over letters of objection.


Elaine Bowley who runs Perfect K9 4 U in Colwyn Bay, said she was concerned that there was a lack of clarity about what the orders would mean for owners.


She said: “The proposals mean that in some places, owners will have to keep their dogs on leads, while on others, like “permanently marked sports pitches”, the dogs won’t be allowed at all.


“There is a lot of ambiguity. For instance, all school pitches will be exclusion zones. There’s a community field on Llanelian Road in Old Colwyn where children play football there from school - but it doesn’t actually belong to the school, so how will it be affected?”


Elaine added that at a meeting of dog owners on February 10 at old Colwyn church, there seemed to be a lack of awareness about the consultation period, which runs until March 9.


She said: “I’m encouraging people to write in and send their letters to me, so on February 23 we can walk to Bodlondeb with our dogs and hand them over to show there’s disquiet among us.


“We are responsible dog owners and we are being penalised. We want to get together to sort this out. Don’t impose these rules on us.”


“I can see where they are coming from. I don’t want children to get ill - that’s why we pick up dog dirt in the parks, but this is just too drastic.”


Nick Jones, Planning and Environmental Enforcement Manager said that the orders were to provide a safer and cleaner environment for residents and visitors.
To find out more about the campaign, visit the website:

www.perfectk94u.co.uk/news. An “information meeting” will also be held on February 19 at St Davids Church Penrhyn Bay at 12.30.

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