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East Dorset residents to discuss dog control orders

Dog being walked
More than 2,000 residents responded to a public consultation

East Dorset residents are to give their views on whether dogs should be banned from enclosed children's play areas and marked sport pitches.

Evidence for and against dog control orders will be heard from health experts after more than 2,000 people responded to a consultation.

Owners who do not clear up after their pets on open land across the district could face action under new rules.

The committee meeting is taking place at Allendale Centre in Wimborne later.

The public consultation, held at the end of last year, sought residents' opinions on whether dogs should be on leads in parts of Corfe Mullen recreation ground, Fryers Field in West Moors, King George V Playing Field and parts of other school playing fields in the Ferndown area.

Representatives from Natural England and South and East Dorset Primary Care Trust are expected to attend the meeting.

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