Award chance for Ottery Dogs

PUBLISHED: 09:06 18 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:16 17 June 2010

A GROUP of Ottery pooch owners, who have tackled the town s dog-fouling problem, could be set to scoop a Kennel Club award.

A GROUP of Ottery pooch owners, who have tackled the town's dog-fouling problem, could be set to scoop a Kennel Club award.

Ottery Dogs has been nominated by the club for its Dog Campaigner of the Year prize following a series of 'poop scoops' in problem areas, collecting 250 bags of mess since October.

The Kennel Club's Victoria Brown described the group's work, which has included the production of t-shirts, posters and the creation of a dedicated hotline as "brilliant"

Group spokeswoman Mel Turner said 80 per cent of mess picked up to date has been from Ottery's streets and the majority of the remainder from the pathway linking the Tumbling Weir Hotel to the Millennium Green.

Mrs Turner also thanked Ottery St Mary Town Council after an informal meeting last Wednesday.

Both factions remain at loggerheads over proposed dog restrictions in the Land of Canaan and the Winters Lane playing field.

The proposed dog control orders, part of a district-wide East Devon District Council initiative are currently the subject of a public consultation which ends next Friday. The Kennel Club has described the measures as "draconian".

The town council feel children should be free to use both areas without having to encounter dogs running free in them or their faeces.

Ottery Dogs believes there is no viable, safe alternative for vulnerable residents who use both areas such as those with limited mobility and young mothers.

Mayor Glyn Dobson said that dog ban aside, the council was happy to support Ottery Dogs in its efforts.

Mrs Turner added the group will continue to target the minority of irresponsible dog owners and would push for more dog bins in the parish.

To have your say on Ottery's dog ban proposals write to: Dog Control Consultation, Environmental Health Service, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

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