Dog laws curb canine conflict
PUBLISHED: 15:52 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:18 23 August 2010
STRICT rules are to be introduced at a country park next year following a rise in complaints about out-of-control dogs. New dog control areas, a dog training zone and guidance for dog walkers will be implemented at Jeskyns Community Woodland, in Cobham.
STRICT rules are to be introduced at a country park next year following a rise in complaints about out-of-control dogs.
New dog control areas, a dog training zone and guidance for dog walkers will be implemented at Jeskyns Community Woodland, in Cobham.
In September, single mother Kerry Keys, 30, from Istead Rise, spoke to the Reporter after she and her Labrador puppy, Ben, were mauled by a bull terrier type dog.
Luckily her young son was not by her side at the time and two good Samaritans managed to fight the dog off.
Miss Keys (pictured), said: "I have only been back to the place once with a friend because of what happened but this will help me go on my own.
"Hopefully people take the rules into account and then the park will become better for everyone concerned.
"Ben is getting bigger and I have him on a lead when there are other people or dogs about but some owners need to be aware this is what should be done so it's great about the new plans."
The Forestry Commission, who are responsible for the woodland, said they will enforce the rules due to dog-related complaints and incidents that were ruin the area's reputation.
A spokesperson said: "We welcome visitors with dogs at Jeskyns and recognise that the vast majority are very responsible and considerate.
"However, the two main issues of dogs not being adequately controlled and dog fouling remain ever present."
Animals must be kept on leads in the car-park and a new enclosed picnic area and the six fenced grazing zones will be dog free areas, as will the children's sand pit.
A new fenced dog training area will be created to allow dog owners to practice their recall technique and general dog control in a safe fenced area.
New information leaflets and posters will be produced and widely distributed.
The spokesperson added: "We hope that these measures will assist in ensuring that Jeskyns remains a welcoming place for all visitors, with or without dogs, and will help alleviate some of the conflicts that we are currently experiencing.
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