NEW signs on Stratford-upon-Avon’s Recreation Ground warning dog owners to keep their pets under control in light of 12 swan attacks this year, have been branded “toothless” by former mayor Cyril Bennis.
While Mr Bennis welcomes the opportunity to raise awareness about dog attacks which he describes as “frightening and devastating” for the swans he questions why the signs don’t carry some sort of fixed penalty like there is for dog fouling?
“The signs are so small you can’t even see them. There’s no penalty or fine for those irresponsible dog owners who can’t control their animals and when you ask them to put their dog on a lead they ignore you or become rude. It’s only natural for dogs to run around when they’re on the Recreation Ground; just keep them on a lead until you’re away from the swans is all we ask,” Mr Bennis said.
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