Ribble Valley dog owners’ fury at orders

Ribble Valley dog owners’ fury at orders

Ribble Valley dog owners’ fury at orders

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HUNDREDS of Ribble Valley residents have called for the repeal of ‘ridiculous’ dog control orders.

Under the orders, which came into force on Friday, dogs are barred from areas including skate parks, tennis courts, sports pitches, children’s play areas and basketball court.

Other offences include: nFailing to immed-iately remove dog faeces.

n Failing to keep a dog on a lead in Clitheroe Cemetery.

n Failing to put a dog on a lead of not more than one metre in length when directed by an authorised officer.

n Taking more than four dogs onto any land in the borough which has public access and is outside.

The maximum penalty for each offence is £1,000 in a magistrates’ court. The council can also issue £80 fixed penalties.

An online petition, which has gained almost 400 backers, is calling on the council’s chief executive Marshal Scott and mayor Coun Michael Ranson to lift the orders.

Ribble Valley borough councillors voted for the orders in January. A public consultation was set up ahead of a final vote earlier this year.

Dog owner John Monks, from Longridge said: “I pay for the upkeep of the Recs and should be allowed free use of them for whatever reasonable, use I see fit.”

Fiona Birchall, from Clitheroe, said: “This is disgraceful. People should be able to exercise their animals where they like as long as they are not endangering others. This world has gone mad.”

Clitheroe resident Doreen Highland said: “I struggle with walking and find the playing fields easier to walk on.

“I always pick up after my dogs and leash them if other dogs or children are about.” In an e-mail to Rachel Howarth, who set up the petition, Mr Scott said: “The community committee agreed to introduce dog control orders very much as a last resort to ensure that, as far as possible, areas where children play and those used as sporting facilities are kept clear of dog mess. I accept this unfortunately penalises those dog owners who behave responsibly.”

Speaking yesterday, Mr Scott ‘understood the strength of feeling’ among dog owners and invited them to get in contact with the council.

He said: “In hindsight we should have publised the consultation where it would actually come into effect and we will learn from this.”

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4:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

peregrine.soars says...

Ban them all from from all public space, keep them on your own land, in your own house or get them put down.

Why such a response all you dog owners will say, but after a ruined day out walking on Monday I feel extremely angry and upset because my walking mate was bitten by a dog that was running free on Turton Moor with its owner. It was obvious he was only local and more than likely from Egerton.
The dog ripped my friends trousers and bit into his leg and the owner said it's not like that, kept on apologising and would not give his name and address.

If we had tried to fend it off and hit it with something then we would probably be liable but what do you do in such a situation on the spur of the moment. We will assume all dogs are like that in and future do what we have to regardless.
We had to cut our days walking short, he went to the clinic had jabs and the wound dressed and has to go back for a further check.

The police said they would be in touch in twenty four hours so it show show much they are concerned and all this with the Dangerous Dogs Act recently updated.

Many thanks to a resident of Egerton.

Just to finish off, last week we were walking on the marsh at Hest Bank where there was so many discarded bags of dog waste it was impossible to walk a few yards without seeing one but then again it's just the same around Blackburn.
So much for responsible owners.
Ban them all from from all public space, keep them on your own land, in your own house or get them put down. Why such a response all you dog owners will say, but after a ruined day out walking on Monday I feel extremely angry and upset because my walking mate was bitten by a dog that was running free on Turton Moor with its owner. It was obvious he was only local and more than likely from Egerton. The dog ripped my friends trousers and bit into his leg and the owner said it's not like that, kept on apologising and would not give his name and address. If we had tried to fend it off and hit it with something then we would probably be liable but what do you do in such a situation on the spur of the moment. We will assume all dogs are like that in and future do what we have to regardless. We had to cut our days walking short, he went to the clinic had jabs and the wound dressed and has to go back for a further check. The police said they would be in touch in twenty four hours so it show show much they are concerned and all this with the Dangerous Dogs Act recently updated. Many thanks to a resident of Egerton. Just to finish off, last week we were walking on the marsh at Hest Bank where there was so many discarded bags of dog waste it was impossible to walk a few yards without seeing one but then again it's just the same around Blackburn. So much for responsible owners. peregrine.soars
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

shytalk says...

peregrine.soars wrote:
Ban them all from from all public space, keep them on your own land, in your own house or get them put down.

Why such a response all you dog owners will say, but after a ruined day out walking on Monday I feel extremely angry and upset because my walking mate was bitten by a dog that was running free on Turton Moor with its owner. It was obvious he was only local and more than likely from Egerton.
The dog ripped my friends trousers and bit into his leg and the owner said it's not like that, kept on apologising and would not give his name and address.

If we had tried to fend it off and hit it with something then we would probably be liable but what do you do in such a situation on the spur of the moment. We will assume all dogs are like that in and future do what we have to regardless.
We had to cut our days walking short, he went to the clinic had jabs and the wound dressed and has to go back for a further check.

The police said they would be in touch in twenty four hours so it show show much they are concerned and all this with the Dangerous Dogs Act recently updated.

Many thanks to a resident of Egerton.

Just to finish off, last week we were walking on the marsh at Hest Bank where there was so many discarded bags of dog waste it was impossible to walk a few yards without seeing one but then again it's just the same around Blackburn.
So much for responsible owners.
i completely agree peregrine. perhaps these not so responsible dog owners might like to let their kids play football where their dogs have just had a dump. It gets worse though in the Ribble valley...Farmers are absolutely sick to death of so called responsible dog owners allowing their dogs off the lead and wondering what the problem is when they chase livestock.
I's upsetting not just for the owners but farmers also when they have to shoot a dog just to protect their livestock.
Many dog owners just couldn't care less about the mess their dogs make on the pavement, and in public places and i for one hope that these new laws are rigorously enforced.
[quote][p][bold]peregrine.soars[/bold] wrote: Ban them all from from all public space, keep them on your own land, in your own house or get them put down. Why such a response all you dog owners will say, but after a ruined day out walking on Monday I feel extremely angry and upset because my walking mate was bitten by a dog that was running free on Turton Moor with its owner. It was obvious he was only local and more than likely from Egerton. The dog ripped my friends trousers and bit into his leg and the owner said it's not like that, kept on apologising and would not give his name and address. If we had tried to fend it off and hit it with something then we would probably be liable but what do you do in such a situation on the spur of the moment. We will assume all dogs are like that in and future do what we have to regardless. We had to cut our days walking short, he went to the clinic had jabs and the wound dressed and has to go back for a further check. The police said they would be in touch in twenty four hours so it show show much they are concerned and all this with the Dangerous Dogs Act recently updated. Many thanks to a resident of Egerton. Just to finish off, last week we were walking on the marsh at Hest Bank where there was so many discarded bags of dog waste it was impossible to walk a few yards without seeing one but then again it's just the same around Blackburn. So much for responsible owners.[/p][/quote]i completely agree peregrine. perhaps these not so responsible dog owners might like to let their kids play football where their dogs have just had a dump. It gets worse though in the Ribble valley...Farmers are absolutely sick to death of so called responsible dog owners allowing their dogs off the lead and wondering what the problem is when they chase livestock. I's upsetting not just for the owners but farmers also when they have to shoot a dog just to protect their livestock. Many dog owners just couldn't care less about the mess their dogs make on the pavement, and in public places and i for one hope that these new laws are rigorously enforced. shytalk
  • Score: 3

7:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Wishingwell says...

Bring back Dog licenses, Decent people wont be the ones who are bothered about that. Just the idiots. Pit Bill = Retard Owner
Bring back Dog licenses, Decent people wont be the ones who are bothered about that. Just the idiots. Pit Bill = Retard Owner Wishingwell
  • Score: 8

10:23am Thu 7 Aug 14

rowlanda says...

RVBC is to be applauded for this initiative. Yes, the majority of dog owners do pick up their dog's mess but there is a minority which does not and they need to be discouraged as forcefully as possible. I don't want my grandchildren coming home from playing or whatever covered in the stuff nor do I want to have to walk through town looking at the pavement all the time to avoid the (sometimes not so small) piles of mess.
I personally would prefer all dogs to be muzzled in public places, I don't want to be sniffed, licked or slobbered over by your animal thank you so keep it on a lead and away from me as well.
RVBC is to be applauded for this initiative. Yes, the majority of dog owners do pick up their dog's mess but there is a minority which does not and they need to be discouraged as forcefully as possible. I don't want my grandchildren coming home from playing or whatever covered in the stuff nor do I want to have to walk through town looking at the pavement all the time to avoid the (sometimes not so small) piles of mess. I personally would prefer all dogs to be muzzled in public places, I don't want to be sniffed, licked or slobbered over by your animal thank you so keep it on a lead and away from me as well. rowlanda
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

AndyD123 says...

Whats the problem? If you have a dog, keep it on lead in public places and clean up it's excrement. That's all that is being requested here. I cant understand the objections. Do these people wish to let their dogs run free leave excrement on the ground. Most dogs are not vicious and wont bite people - but how do you know that the german shepherd sprinting towards you simply wants to say hello and has no interest in sinking its teeth into you. I have a young son who is terrified of dogs. Its not right that he should be scared to play in the park because someone feels they have the rights to let their dogs run free. We are surrounded by open countryside - use that if you want to let them off their leads.
Whats the problem? If you have a dog, keep it on lead in public places and clean up it's excrement. That's all that is being requested here. I cant understand the objections. Do these people wish to let their dogs run free leave excrement on the ground. Most dogs are not vicious and wont bite people - but how do you know that the german shepherd sprinting towards you simply wants to say hello and has no interest in sinking its teeth into you. I have a young son who is terrified of dogs. Its not right that he should be scared to play in the park because someone feels they have the rights to let their dogs run free. We are surrounded by open countryside - use that if you want to let them off their leads. AndyD123
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

AndyD123 says...

Whats the problem? If you have a dog, keep it on lead in public places and clean up it's excrement. That's all that is being requested here. I cant understand the objections. Do these people wish to let their dogs run free leave excrement on the ground. Most dogs are not vicious and wont bite people - but how do you know that the German shepherd sprinting towards you simply wants to say hello and has no interest in sinking its teeth into you? I have a young son who is terrified of dogs. Its not right that he should be scared to play in the park because someone feels they have the rights to let their dogs run free. We are surrounded by open countryside - use that if you want to let them off their leads.
Whats the problem? If you have a dog, keep it on lead in public places and clean up it's excrement. That's all that is being requested here. I cant understand the objections. Do these people wish to let their dogs run free leave excrement on the ground. Most dogs are not vicious and wont bite people - but how do you know that the German shepherd sprinting towards you simply wants to say hello and has no interest in sinking its teeth into you? I have a young son who is terrified of dogs. Its not right that he should be scared to play in the park because someone feels they have the rights to let their dogs run free. We are surrounded by open countryside - use that if you want to let them off their leads. AndyD123
  • Score: 1

6:11pm Thu 7 Aug 14

dogsblox says...

Oh well yet another of my comments removed,maybe the mutts owner saw the comment and did not like the truth.
Give us a clue LT what was wrong with it.
Oh well yet another of my comments removed,maybe the mutts owner saw the comment and did not like the truth. Give us a clue LT what was wrong with it. dogsblox
  • Score: 0

9:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

AnimalReid says...

Dog feaces does provide younger people with lots of entertainment - indeed I remember pushing dog mess through letter boxes on many occasions when I was younger. Sometimes we would wrap it in newspaper and set fire to it. Othe times we would simply throw it at passers-by.
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So yet again the so-called experts and 'Health and Safety' brigade get their way. We're all going to hell in a handcart.
Dog feaces does provide younger people with lots of entertainment - indeed I remember pushing dog mess through letter boxes on many occasions when I was younger. Sometimes we would wrap it in newspaper and set fire to it. Othe times we would simply throw it at passers-by. ... So yet again the so-called experts and 'Health and Safety' brigade get their way. We're all going to hell in a handcart. AnimalReid
  • Score: -1

12:54am Wed 13 Aug 14

unjust says...

Yet again fear rules. Its easy to condemn all dogs because of some. Its like saying all adults out and about on their own near children are pedophiles- irrational.
Yet again fear rules. Its easy to condemn all dogs because of some. Its like saying all adults out and about on their own near children are pedophiles- irrational. unjust
  • Score: 0

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