Concerned dog owners hand in petition to council

Let Leia Run.
Let Leia Run.

A petition signed by more than 1,000 concerned dog owners was handed to council officials this week protesting against proposals which could force them to keep their dogs on leads at all times.

A consultation into tighter controls on dogs in public has been launched by Ribble Valley Borough Council under a proposed public space protection order.

A dog owner spokesman said: “We are concerned the proposed order is too restrictive and would have a detrimental impact on dog owners, dogs and the wider community if given the go-ahead. We believe that there are more effective measures the council could use to tackle issues caused by antisocial dog owners."

Everyone affected by the proposal was invited to meet at the Castle Gates on Moor Lane in Clitheroe yesterday to walk to the Ribble Valley Borough Council offices to present the petition - Let Leia Run.

Television camera crews filmed and interviewed some of the dog owners who had congregated outside the council offices.

The council's consultation on the issue ends at 5pm on September 1st.