Pet Owners

Kennel Club calls for PSPO response

The Kennel Club is calling on Devon-based dog owners and visitors to respond to the latest Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) consultation that could impact access to dog-walking locations.

The proposed PSPO aims to restrict access to sites including beaches, cemeteries and parks, which are often frequented by dog walkers in the area. 

It is also proposing a ‘dogs-on-lead’ order for large areas of land, including Braunton Burrows and the Tarka Trail. 

According to the Kennel Club, the move will “likely” force dog owners to use alternative sites which may be impractical and remote, as well as agricultural land which could lead to issues with livestock.

The Kennel Club said it is “not opposed to the principle of restrictions on dog owners and walkers”. 

It added that problems associated with irresponsible dog ownership affecting responsible dog owners was “often overlooked”. 

It is now “strongly encouraging” dog owners who live in North Devon or visit it often to “view these proposals and provide their thoughts”.

Ed Hayes, Public Affairs and Policy Manager at the Kennel Club, said: “We are urging dog owners in North Devon to let their voices be heard and respond to this consultation.

“We believe that the PSPO proposals in North Devon have the potential to be particularly impactful as they may involve the exclusion of dogs from sites such as beaches and sport fields. This could affect the ability for dogs to be properly exercised and may pose a threat to the social bonds between dog walkers who have previously been able to walk together.”

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