A MUM is calling for tighter controls on dogs in parks after her 11-month old son was urinated on.

The incident happened when Kelly Whittle took her son Jenson to Rhyddings Park in Oswaldtwistle.

She said the dog’s owner was nowhere to be seen after it cocked its leg up on her child.

The mum-of-four said: “Me and my friend had taken the children up to the park.

“They had all gone off to play so it was just me, my friend and Jenson there.

“We were sitting down enjoying the sun when a golden retriever came bouncing up.

“The dog then bounded onto Jenson, knocked him over and then urinated all over him. I had to drag my baby up as I was worried the dog would attack him.”

Hyndburn Council last year launched a consultation on whether dogs should be banned from playing fields and some public green spaces, the second in four years.

Once again the response was against extending the controls and in December the council’s cabinet renewed the controls as before, apart from adding the grounds of Churchfield House in Great Harwood to areas covered by the orders.

This means dogs are banned from children’s play areas and bowling greens and have to be kept on leads in Hyndburn’s town centres and cemeteries.

Kelly, 29, is calling for more to be done to protect youngsters in parks.

She added: “My son cried as he was wet through. I was mortified.

“My friend was screaming for someone to move the dog.

“Dogs should be kept on leads in parks at the very least. Anything could have happened.”

The incident happened on Thursday.

Cllr Gareth Molineux, the borough’s parks and leisure boss, said: “This incident is disgusting.

“I am astounded an owner could let this happen.

“The law is that an owners has to keep their dog under control, not necessarily on a lead. This dog was clearly not under proper control.

“Incidents like this do not help the case dogs should be allowed to run free.

“There has to be a balance between allowing people to exercise their pets and the interests of the public.

“Hyndburn Council has consulted twice on extending dog controls and twice the response has been against doing so. There is no point in consulting residents and then ignoring the result.

“We will continue to keep this issue under review and will consult again when the orders come up for renewal in three years.”