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Irresponsible dog owners ruining a family day out

Reported in the Dog fouling category by Chris Shepheard at 17:03, Wed 24 August 2016

Sent to Waverley Borough Council 2 minutes later

We were having a wonderful afternoon out with the family on the great new play equipment in Farnham Park when one of the children jumped off a wooden climbing frame straight into a pile of dog mess! Dogs are not allowed in the play area and there are plenty of signs stating this. Earlier in the afternoon we had seen a parent allowing a child to lead their dog around the trail - some people seem to have no concept of what applies for one applies for all!

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  • Still open, via questionnaire, 17:41, Wed 21 September 2016

  • On Monday I saw two women with three dogs within the dog banned children's play area. Two of the dogs were running free and the women were not paying attention to what they were doing.

    The area is surrounded by a ring of posts bearing notices saying that dogs are not allowed in the area. The posts also have rings attached so that dogs with the visiting families can be safely tethered while the children play.

    Sadly it seems the only answer might be to fence the area off to prevent access by dogs but of course women like the two I saw might still take them in through the gates. Perhaps it needs an occasional visit by a dog warden who can issue spot fines to owners allowing their dogs into the area.

    Posted by Chris Shepheard at 17:41, Wed 21 September 2016

  • There is no sign of any additional action being taken (signs or a fence etc.) so I presume the situation will not change. A fence would ruin the natural look of the playground so the only effective way to try to stop this nuisance would be for a dog warden to catch a few of the culprits and make an example of them with a fine and exposure in the local media.

    Posted by Chris Shepheard at 18:55, Wed 19 October 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 22:06, Wed 16 November 2016

  • Nothing has been done to prevent people letting or taking dogs into the play area and neither have more signs been erected.

    Posted by Chris Shepheard at 22:06, Wed 16 November 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 08:43, Thu 15 December 2016

  • As far as I am aware, nothing has been done to prevent or dissuade dog owners from taking their pets into the playground area.

    Posted by Chris Shepheard at 08:43, Thu 15 December 2016

  • I have seen dogs in this area many times and my take on the situation is that some arrogant mothers believe that if you have children and dogs, you are exempt from the "no dogs" rule.

    Posted anonymously at 15:23, Fri 24 February 2017

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