The UK's largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, is
urging dog owners in Wrexham to have their say on proposals which
could restrict where people can walk their dogs in the area.
Wrexham County Borough Council is seeking the views of local
residents and visitors to the area 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 specific places and require that dogs are kept on leads
at all times in certain areas. 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 certain areas, and whether or not dogs should be
kept on leads at all times in parks and open spaces. The
Kennel Club believes that total bans for dogs on public open spaces
or requirements to keep dogs on leads in open public 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 or
restrictions on dogs from public spaces should be based on evidence
and only implemented if there is a genuine need, such as to protect
the wellbeing of both people and dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "This is the perfect
opportunity for dog owners in Wrexham to have their say on the
proposals so that the council can make informed and fair decisions
that will be best for all those who enjoy the local area.
"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 and to respond, visit this
page. The consultation closes on 27th June
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 KC Dog for more
information and to join.