Dog cam­paign­ers need your votes

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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

Vot­ing closes on Novem­ber 21.

Sefton Dogs pro­motes re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship

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