North Wales dog owners reveal anger over ban plans

Thursday, 1st September 2011

Plans to make owners keep their pooches on their dog leads have been met with angry responses in north Wales.

The Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee passed new Dog Control Orders that will force owners to keep their dogs on a two-metre lead, reports the North Wales Pioneer.

It will also mean dogs are banned from beaches, playing fields and public places in Conwy county.

In response, local owners have planned a protest march, which will be held in Pentre Mawr Park on September 10th.

Elaine Bowley, a campaigner, told the news provider: "I'm quite disappointed, I think there’s still a lot that needs to be looked at.

“The lead length is too harsh, I think on a pavement two metres is sensible, but if you want to give your dog a run, then it’s too short."

She added that the council should introduce a dog walking field so owners have a place where they can take their four-legged friends.

The council is now preparing a public notice. There will also be a 28-day public consultation period.