Coun­cil, take the lead over by­law

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mak­ing peo­ple feel safe,’’ he said. ‘‘How it makes peo­ple feel, com­fort-wise.

‘‘But for some­thing like that, then yes, ab­so­lutely. They should def­i­nitely let dogs in town for that rea­son.’’

Framers on Queen owner Richard Sam­pey thought dogs should be al­lowed in town any­way, ‘‘as long as they’re on leads’’.

‘‘If you travel over­seas, you can take dogs into shops. It’s a great idea.’’

Kevin Neal also thought an amnesty dur­ing the na­tional show was a good idea.

‘‘Ev­ery­body treats their dog like a per­son. What you put in a dog, train­ing it, you reap later on.’’

Robert­son said there was a by­law re­view ev­ery 10 years.

‘‘In Pic­ton, they were very for hav­ing dogs in town. In Blen­heim, they were very against.’’

The last re­view in 2012 saw more than 300 sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic.

‘‘It’s a fairly emo­tive is­sue,’’ Robert­son said. Peo­ple tend to have quite strong opin­ions on what should hap­pen.’’

Joocy Loocy owner Guion Phillips said dogs were wel­come in her cafe.

‘‘We’re pretty much on the Tay­lor River, we’re well po­si­tioned. Peo­ple love to walk their dog down the river.’’

Un­sur­pris­ingly, dogs were ex­pected to be un­der tight con­trol in the cafe.

Phillips was un­der­stand­ing about the dog ban.

‘‘We do have to take other peo­ple into con­sid­er­a­tion,’’ she said. ‘‘I think it’s a bit sad.

‘‘They’re our com­pan­ions. There are stud­ies that show dogs are not only good for phys­i­cal health but men­tal health as well.’’

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