Dog Walking in Eynsham09/11/2011
A message from local PCSO Helen Keen: please follow these steps when walking your dog around the village, to help keep your pet safe, protect the local environment, and show you are a responsible dog owner.
- You must keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and you may not be able to take your dog at all on some areas. Please adhere to any official signs.
- You do not have to put your dog on a lead on public paths, as long as it is under close control. But as a general rule, keep your dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. By law, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals.
- If a farm animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead - don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it.
- Take particular care that your dog doesn’t scare sheep or lambs, or wander where it might disturb birds that nest on the ground and other wildlife - eggs and young will soon die without protection from their parents.
- Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections, so always clean up after your dog and bin it.