Dog campaigners need your votes
SEFTON Dogs is a group of volunteers working with Sefton Council to promote responsible dog ownership in the borough.
The group has recently applied to the Aviva Community Fund for a grant of £1,000 to enable it to set up a website.
Now it is calling for people to go online and vote for the project.
Lyn Hilton, one of the founding members of Sefton Dogs, said: “The website would be aimed at helping both residents of Sefton, and visitors, by providing information which promotes responsible dog ownership.”
Sefton Dogs was founded early this year in response to the proposed changes to the dog laws within Sefton under the public spaces protection order (PSPO).
Restrictions were proposed which would have resulted in limited opportunities for off-lead walking in the local area.
The work of the group resulted in Sefton Council changing its most restrictive proposals.
The PSPO, which came into force in July 2017, will be reviewed in 2020, and Sefton Dogs firmly believes in the importance of promoting responsible dog ownership to ensure that the council will renew the PSPO as it stands when the time comes, and not impose restrictions on where dogs can be exercised off-lead.
The website that the group is hoping to gain funding for would contain information such as where dogs are allowed off the lead, where they must be on a lead, and where they are prohibited.
There would also be information about dog-friendly establishments in the area, such as cafes, pubs and hotels, and a nature calendar which will alert owners to specific times of year when they need to be aware that ground nesting birds may be roosting, or natterjack toads may be spawning – so avoiding certain areas with their dogs to ensure they don’t disrupt the natural habitats of these native creatures.
Lyn added: “We are asking people to vote for our project because responsible dog ownership will benefit the area as a whole.
“We all want to live in a community where responsible dog ownership ensures that those who may be frightened of dogs never feel threatened; a community where dog owners take responsibility for clearing up after their dogs, and abide by the regulations regarding where dogs can and can’t be walked.
“The website would help us to promote this information for the good of all residents and visitors.”
To support the group, visit the Aviva Community Fund website, register to vote and search for “Sefton Dogs” in the project titles search bar at www.avivacommunity fund.co.uk.
Voting closes on November 21.
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