Kennel Club joins row over Torridge dog control plans
THE KENNEL Club is lending its support to local people protesting about Torridge District Council's proposed dog control orders. Former Torrington Mayor Anne Tattersall has already launched a petition against the plans, which are out to public consultati
THE KENNEL Club is lending its support to local people protesting about Torridge District Council's proposed dog control orders.Former Torrington Mayor Anne Tattersall has already launched a petition against the plans, which are out to public consultation until next Monday.KC Dog, the Kennel Club scheme in place to help dog owners protect their rights, claims one particular proposal could result in the council having the freedom to make any area "signed by the Council at its entrance" a dog exclusion zone.Caroline Kisko, of the Kennel Club, said: "Such a sweeping exclusion order is a real threat to dog walkers. With these powers the council could decide to ban dogs from any areas in which they place a sign - now or in the future - without having to re-consult with the public. "While this council may try to assure people that only children's play areas will be involved, by not specifying particular areas any council which is elected in the future could bring in new 'dogs on lead' or 'exclusion areas' elsewhere without consulting the public - which is greatly concerning. "Basic animal welfare includes properly exercising your dog. Reducing the areas in which people may walk their dogs could result in them not be properly exercised and is therefore not a realistic solution. We would strongly urge all dog owners in the local area to respond to the public consultation and make their views known about this issue.