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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Calls for PCSO patrol to tackle Millom dog menace

COUNCILLORS have called for more “keep dogs on leads” signs in Millom or a police patrol after residents complained pets are roaming free in children’s play areas.

A number of dog walkers have refused to follow signs because they are stamped with Copeland Borough Council instead of Millom Town Council, arguing it is the latter’s land.

The issue was raised by Councillor Pauline Altree at a Millom Town Council meeting on Wednesday night.

Cllr Altree said she was concerned after hearing of pets being attacked by unruly dogs and that dogs were being let off leads in play areas.

Cllr Altree said: “I’ve heard of stories of peoples’ dogs being attacked quite a few times as well as them being let off in children’s areas.

“I don’t think owners see everything that their dog is doing or keep a close enough eye on them when they’re off their lead.

“One woman said a dog came up to her which was off its lead and she told the owner she was scared of dogs.

“The owner’s reaction was ‘it won’t hurt you.’

“But that’s not the point. If you’re frightened of them then it won’t make a difference if someone says it won’t hurt you.

“It’s also unfair for those who do keep them on their leads.”

Her call for fresh signs with a Millom Town Council stamp was met with approval by fellow councillors, but the mayor, Councillor Felicity Wilson, instead proposed having a PCSO patrol the park enforcing rules rather than wasting taxpayers’ money on changing signs.

Cllr Wilson added: “It’s not acceptable to have dogs off their leads in the park.

“I will ask the PCSO to patrol the park. It will cost money to change signs."

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