Dog owner rule plans for Warwick 'too strict'

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Dogs would have to be on a lead at Warwick racecourse and in some parks

Plans to restrict dogs in part of Warwickshire are too draconian and could permanently threaten the rights of pet owners, a group has warned.

KC Dog, the Kennel Club's campaign arm, said it was concerned over Warwick District Council's dog control order plans.

Caroline Kisko said: "If passed, any fenced park, sporting, recreational or educational facility could be designated a 'dog exclusion zone' at any given point in the future."

A public consultation is under way.

Warwick District Council, which has been contacted for a response, has given residents until 26 January to comment on its plans.

The proposals include orders that dogs must be on a lead at all times in areas including Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens, in Leamington Spa, and at Warwick Racecourse.

'Under permanent threat'

Ms Kisko said: "Dog control orders are becoming more common as councils attempt to find ways to control dog fouling and rein in irresponsible dog owners.

"Unfortunately this often means responsible dog owners are also penalised and have to suffer restrictions."

She said the proposals gave Warwick Council "powers to restrict dog walkers as and when they see fit, without any further consultation".  

Ms Kisko added: "Dog access will therefore be under permanent threat, with the areas available for essential off-lead exercise also at risk."

The group urged people to make their views known in the public consultation.

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