Parents are scared to take their children to Overtoun Park for fear of “dangerous dogs”, according to a community group.
Friends of Overtoun Park, who hold events and help maintain the park’s facilities, have received several complaints of dogs behaving in a ‘threatening manner.’
Member of the group Lynn Semple said that they had received some complaints from park goers regarding ‘dangerous dog breeds’ being let off their lead.
She claims one family had been left too scared to use the park altogether: “Two parents were out with their children playing football in the park, and there was a man with two pitbull terriers and the dogs were running after the football and snapping, meaning the k i d s w e re frightened to play with their own ball. The dad asked the man to keep his dogs under control and got a mouthful of abuse back. Now the family are scared to use the park.”
She added: “Basically, what our group wants is more signage in the park regarding keeping dogs under control and increased visibility from Dog Wardens and Community Safety Reps.
Chair of the group Elaine Devlin added: “We just want people to be considerate to others using the park.
“I had my kids and we were walking by a man with two fairly large dogs, he had them on the lead and when we walked by he made sure to give us room. That’s
Canine caution Some Overtoun Park users say they are scared to go there because of dangerous dogs, unlike the friendly pets pictured here
Dog gone Residents have said that people are letting their dogs in the children’s play area in the park