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Swindon borough council dog control orders public consultation


KC Dog, the Kennel Club scheme in place to help all dog owners protect their rights and freedoms, wants to alert all local dog-owning residents in Swindon to the consultation period currently being run by Swindon Borough Council on their proposed dog control orders.

Amongst other things, the proposed dog control orders state that dogs should be kept on leads in parks, including Queen’s Park, Penhill Park, the Town Gardens and a designated part of Lydiard Park around the visitors’ centre, walled garden, the lake and other areas.

Local authorities have had increased powers over dog owners all over the UK since the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act came into force in April 2006. Dog control orders can have a knock on effect on the welfare of dogs when it restricts their exercise.

Prior to enforcing dog control orders, local authorities must consult members of the public. However, this only stipulates that an advert must be placed in the local paper, which means a lot of people will be unaware of the proposals.

The consultation period runs until the 6th July. For more information on the dog control orders, and to respond to the consultation visit http:// www.swindon.gov.uk/environment/environment-animal-welfare/dogcontrolorders.htm

KC Dog, the dog owners group, provides a central point, with a useful, continually updated web page www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/295, to increase awareness of local dog control orders being proposed and, critically, the consultation periods.

KC Dog helps responsible dog owners to have their say before the orders are in place and it is too late.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said; "KC Dog is an information network, free to join, whose members benefit from up-to-date news on dog control orders, and receive guidance from the Kennel Club. All dog owners are urged to join KC Dog, and be a part of this reciprocal network by acting as ours eyes and ears. Defra and Animal Welfare Minister Ben Bradshaw MP have given their full support to the scheme."

To join KC Dog, or for further information please contact Laura Vallance on laura.vallance@thekennelclub.org.uk / 020 7518 1020.