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Dog limit 'will prevent fouling'

Sara Starkey with her five dogs
Sara Starkey said she was being denied access to council-run parkland

Proposals to ban people from walking more than four dogs at a time in parkland in an area of Kent are being opposed by a pet owner.

Tonbridge and Malling District Council put forward the plan in order to limit the amount of dog fouling.

Dog owner Sara Starkey, who has taken in five animals from rescue centres, said she thought it was harsh.

The local authority said it had run public consultation on the plans and all comments would be considered.

Ms Starkey said she was being denied access to council-run parkland.

She said: "I don't think responsible ownership of a dog has anything to do with how many you have, but the personality of the person who owns the dogs.

"I look after my dogs. They're well-behaved, and it just seems rather harsh if you happen to have five."

Open space

The council's chief leisure officer, Robert Styles, said: "Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is proposing to introduce new Dog Control Orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

"The orders will relate to a number of offences and cover the council's principal areas of public open space.

"One of the orders relates to the maximum number of dogs, and the council is proposing four dogs per person.

"A period of public consultation on the new orders has recently been completed and all the comments received will be considered."

He said the plans were due to be considered by the Leisure and Arts Advisory Board later this year.

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