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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

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