New rules to help reduce unsafe dog walker behaviour


Details of a new Professional Dog Walkers licencing scheme have been announced. This was prompted after residents commonly saw dog walkers with ten or more dogs across Southfield Rec. After the complaints, where some residents felt threatened by the large number of dogs, not always being kept under control, your Liberal Democrat councillors suggested that a licencing scheme should be introduced.

Councillor Gary Busuttil said: "The scheme is due to start in April and will mean that dog walkers will need to purchase a licence for £125 and only walk 6 or fewer dogs at any time. The Council will have the right to withdraw a person's licence and also limit the number of dogs that can be walked. I hope the scheme means that our parks are more enjoyable for residents and dogs."

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