Macclesfield Express - - WINTER WONDERLAND -

FIFTY new signs or­der­ing dogs to be kept on leads have dis­ap­peared from Mac­cles­field For­est.

United Util­i­ties, which owns the land, put them up at Christ­mas after re­ports of peo­ple be­ing bit­ten and deer be­ing chased by out of con­trol pooches.

It is thought that some dog own­ers op­posed to the move could have moved the signs as a protest.

The wa­ter firm is now urg­ing dog own­ers to ad­here to the new rules.

Trevor Green­halgh, wood­land of­fi­cer, said: “Un­for­tu­nately the num­ber of in­ci­dents and com­plaints in­volv­ing dogs has in­creased to a level where we have to take some kind of ac­tion. As well as the in­creas­ing prob­lem of dog-foul­ing, three peo­ple have been bit­ten in the last month and a deer was chased into the reser­voir and had to swim to safety.

“Last Au­gust we ran an event with the RSPCA en­cour­ag­ing re­spon­si­ble do­gown­er­ship.

“Sadly things have not im­proved and we felt the need to take ac­tion be­fore some­one, pos­si­bly a child, is se­ri­ously hurt.”

●● One of the signs which have van­ished

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