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    Dogs becoming ghettoised in England under council rules

    NewsDogs and puppiesTuesday 16 April 2013
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    In the UK there are growing concerns that dogs are becoming marginalised in society and that they must be controlled and restricted by local councils.

    The Kennel Club leading the study argues that there are “draconian” restrictions on dogs and their owners being introduced by local councils and that dogs are being restricted to certain areas which is wear it draws comparison to a ghetto.

    In London there are over 200 outdoor areas where dog walking has been banned as well as restrictions in the length of a lead. 

    Dogs have traditionally veeb free to roam pretty much anywhere outdoors, however due to dog control orders issued by local councils they are being banned from certain parks, beaches and other outdoor areas. Other areas are taking the full hit of too many dogs in one area.

    Caroline Kisko, part of the Kennel Club said that: “In many areas, especially in the cities, dogs are no longer accepted as they once were. They are frowned upon and considered a nuisance and marginalised. There is a general loss to wider society in all of this.

    “Our culture is one of enjoying and even benefiting from the company of dogs. Now, pet dogs are left at home more and more, and there is an increasingly anti-dog attitude.”

    Under new powers, councils can ban all dogs from certain areas that they deem necessary. They can also enforce that dogs can be kept on leads and that owners are restricted to walking a limited number of dogs at one time. If owners breach any of the rules, they could face up to £1000 in fines. This of course comes after last weeks rules against commercial dog owers walking in the Royal Parks of London.

    Since the legislature was passed in 2005 that allowed such orders to be passed, orders have been put in place in thousands of areas across the country. Last year it was said by The Kennel Club that councils placed 60 areas across the country under order. Often councils will make just a small annoucnment in a local newspaper that an area is going to be banned. This makes it tough and difficult to react with strong opposition.

    The restrictions are in place to stop dogs who roam out of control, commercial dog walkers who can walk up to 12 dogs and also fouling with owners not cleaning up the mess. The implications of such bans however mean that if area becomes a no go area then responsible dog owners will suffer too.

    Councils believe that brining in orders will of course get the job done however it will mean that over parks and outdoor areas become more crowded, soiled and dangerous.

     
     
    Source: The Telegraph
     
    Photo: Bob Haarmans
     
     
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