A decision by Newark and Sherwood District Council to ban dogs in 70 of its parks has caused me real concern as a Guide Dog Owner in Nottinghamshire. The article can be read at:
My concerns are that as guide dog owners living in urban areas, this decision could mean that many of us would be unable to free run our dogs if other councils took up this decision. I endeavour to be responsible to minimise my dog fouling parks. I ensure that she has spent before I free run her, and I always carry bags should an accident occur in a park or other public place.
I am also concerned that already I face hostility and even verbal abuse from members of the public who do not like dogs. I have had people complain at me because my dog has fouled but then not be prepared to guide me to where it has occurred in order that I can clean it up. If this type of ban was put in place but guide dog owners exempt from it, I think we could potentially be in for a very hard time.
I have written to Guide Dogs, Newark and Sherwood Council, and my local Council, Gedling Borough Council, highlighting these issues and am awaiting comments.