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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 February 2008, 17:11 GMT
Beach dog ban angers pet owners
Borth beach (library picture)
Dogs are not allowed on the beach during the summer months
Dog owners in a Ceredigion seaside village are urging a council to lift a summertime beach ban on their animals.

They are excluded from part of Borth beach during the holiday season between 1 May and 30 September because of the mess some pets leave behind.

But campaigners said most owners were responsible and cleaned up after their animals.

Ceredigion Council said there had been a bye-law banning dogs from several beaches in Ceredigion for many years.

But Janet Owen said pet owners in Borth were upset by the council's stance on dogs.

She said dogs were restricted to a small section of the beach during May and September measuring about 500 yards (457.2m).

"In the past we collected 600 signatures for a petition against the beach ban and we've written to our MP and the council, but they still imposed the ban," said Mrs Owen, who owns a dog.

Her husband Graham said although the council wanted to keep the beach tidy for tourists during the summer most dog owners were responsible and cleared up after their animals.

Anna Hubbard, who has two dogs, said the council was not being fair.

"It (the council) is not considering or discussing with dog owners a sensible way forward," she added.

"I have two dogs and my house backs onto the beach and basically I can't take my pets through my back door onto the beach."

Ceredigion Council said there had been a bye-law banning dogs from several beaches in Ceredigion for years, including Borth.

A council spokeswoman added: "Orders are currently being consulted upon which will slightly extend the dog ban area in Borth. It is indeed an on-going process.

"Dog bye-laws have been introduced over the years due to public concerns about dog fouling/health and safety in view of use of beaches by children/bathers."


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