The UK's largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, is
urging dog owners in Blaenau Gwent to have their say on proposals
which could restrict where people can walk their dogs in the
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is seeking the views of the
public in a dog access consultation it is running to determine the
need for Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which replaced Dog
Control Orders, under the Anti-social, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
PSPOs can exclude anyone with dogs from certain areas, require that
dogs are kept on leads at all times in certain areas, and limit the
number of dogs a person can walk at one time. The council is
also seeking views on dog fouling in the area.
The Kennel Club's campaign group, KC Dog, is alerting its members
and local dog owners to the consultation to ensure that the outcome
is as fair as possible for all parties.
Specific restrictions the council is consulting on include bans on
dog walking on sporting and recreational facilities, and a number
of restrictions on where dogs can be walked off lead. The Kennel
Club believes that total bans for dogs on public open spaces must
be necessary and proportionate and should only be used as a very
last resort, as open spaces can be ideal for dogs to be exercised
off lead, which is important for canine health and wellbeing.
Furthermore, the Kennel Club holds the view that any ban on dogs
from public spaces should be based on evidence and only implemented
if there is a genuine need, such as to safeguard certain wildlife
that can be affected by dogs, or to protect the wellbeing of both
people and dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "This is the perfect
opportunity for dog owners in Blaenau Gwent to have their say on
the proposals so that the Borough Council can make informed and
fair decisions that will be best for all those who enjoy the local
"Some aspects of PSPOs, such as the requirement to pick up after a
dog, are very sensible measures to help promote responsible dog
ownership. However, other aspects such as a ban on off-lead dog
walking may not be welcomed by the many responsible dog owners in
the area whose pets enjoy local public spaces without any
"Dogs need a good deal of exercise, including off lead, so we
would not want to see restrictions that have a negative effect on
the amount of exercise responsible owners can give their
For further details on the consultation, including a list of areas
that would be affected and to respond, visit this webpage. The consultation closes on 11
KC Dog is a dog owner campaign group, free to join, which keeps
members updated on dog access issues, and other relevant Kennel
Club campaigns, which may affect dog owners across the country.
Visit this webpage for more
information and to join.