Dog attacks in park on the increase
PUBLISHED: 13:12 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:26 23 August 2010
A COUNTRY park ranger has urged dog owners to ensure their pets are under control at all times following a surge in complaints about dog attacks. The Forestry Commission, which runs the 360-acre Jeskyns Country Park in Cobham, is launching a campaign i
A COUNTRY park ranger has urged dog owners to ensure their pets are under control at all times following a surge in complaints about dog attacks.
The Forestry Commission, which runs the 360-acre Jeskyns Country Park in Cobham, is launching a campaign in the Spring to promote responsible dog ownership, enforcing a "Four Paw Code" for owners.
Two weeks ago the Reporter highlighted ongoing problems, with horse rider Amanda Collyer also claiming horses were even being attacked by out of control dogs.
Denise Bird, the ranger at Jeskyns, said: "This is a great place for visitors with dogs and we welcome them with open arms.
"However, we urge people to remember that it is not just a dog walking park. It is a very special place for both people and wildlife.
"Visitors with dogs must ensure that their pets are well controlled at all times and do not upset other visitors or wildlife on site."
The Four Paw Code asks visitors with dogs to always clean up their dogs mess, always ensure their dog is in sight, never let dogs approach other people, other dogs or horses uninvited and ensure their dog will come back to them when called.
Ms Bird added: "Being a dog owner myself, I hate the fact that the actions of a few are giving all dog owners a bad name.
"We ask that visitors with dogs not only keep a check on their own dogs, but also that they report any incidents to us. That way we can try to target the perpetrators and ensure that Jeskyns remains a friendly and welcoming place for all visitors, with or without dogs."
A new leaflet and poster campaign will be launched in the early Spring and the Forestry Commission are in the process of installing a new dog free picnic area and a new fenced dog training area.
Visitors are also encouraged to attend the Jeskyns Pet Pit Stops, which are held five or six times a year offering free dog training sessions and behaviour advice. The next one is scheduled for February 17.
If you want to report an incident contact 01474 825118 or e-mail jeskynsranger