Call for more responsible dog ownership in Honiton Glen

PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 February 2016

Walking with a dog on a lead

Walking with a dog on a lead

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Conservation group member Roy Coombs says fallen leaves have been covering piles of mess, catching out people walking through the beauty spot.

A conservation group member has called for more responsible dog ownership in the Glen after bouts of dog fouling have affected the beauty spot.

Fallen leaves have been covering up piles of mess, leading to people walking in the scenic area stepping in them.

Roy Coombs, a member of the Glen Conservation Group, said that some of the people affected were walking to catch a train, while others were cutting through the Glen to go to the shops.

Mr Coombs said: “Anyone who allows this fouling to happen without clearing the mess up is in fact breaking the law.”

Mr Coombs added that while the majority of Glen users keep their dogs on leads, there are a few which allow their pets to roam freely.

He argues that if dogs were kept on a lead, owners would notice the mess and pick it up. Mr Coombs also has brought the issue to the attention of Honiton Town Council.

A spokesman for East Devon District Council said: “We have done a lot of work over the past few years to show that the district is a very clean area with most dog owners picking up after their dogs.

“There will always be dog owners who don’t abide by the bye-laws relating to dogs on leads, dog bans and fouling, and we strive collectively to do our best. We will concentrate our attention on the few areas where there are still some problems. We have found over many years that the most successful approach is by providing education and information, and encouraging everyone to be considerate to others and their environment.”

For more advice, visit www.eastdevon.gov.uk/dogs/responsible-dog-ownership


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