Dog ban upsets pet

PUBLISHED: 02:01 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 15 June 2010

I am a dog owner living in Feniton. We have recently been informed, through a notice in our playing fields, we will from July 7 be banned from dog walking in said fields. Supposedly, on grounds of health. If this is a good reason, why wait? It should

I am a dog owner living in Feniton. We have recently been informed, through a notice in our playing fields, we will from July 7 be banned from dog walking in said fields. Supposedly, on grounds of health. If this is a good reason, why wait? It should be with immediate effect. We have "Fun Day" in the fields on July 6, a huge fundraiser. We are at present trying to get the whole village on board to raise money so that we can buy one of the fields and clubhouse, so that it will remain in its current state instead of being built on. Several weeks ago the police were called following an incident between a member of the playing field committee and a dog walker. I have had dogs for many years and I clean up after them. They have never run free through the village or been picked up by our dog warden. Hand on heart, can all playing field committee members say the same? Surely, we all should have a safe area in which we can walk with our pets when sport is being played? The traffic in our narrow lanes is even heavier than usual, many drivers in a hurry, we take our life in our hands. We've been told we are not cleaning up after our dogs so please read this report in our last parish magazine. Fellow walkers I know clean up after their pets and fields always appeared to be clean. If one child misbehaves at school, do we expel the entire school? No, that is not fair or just.What is community spirit? All we ask for is fairness? We just need an area, not near where children play. We all know they are precious members of society, but surely a small area for us with our dogs is not too much to ask.A FennerFeniton n With regards to the article in last week's Midweek Herald. Dogs are to be banned in the playing field as from the July 7 on medical grounds. Why are dogs not banned from the field with immediate effect, from when signs were placed on June 10 - if this is such a serious hazard? No, they want you to attend the Fun Day on July 6 where dogs will be welcome, as long as they are on leads. They will then ban us after taking our money. I think this is a disgrace. Sue & Bill MorganFeniton


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