Bradda dog ban would be unfair

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THREATENING to ban dags from Bradda is like ‘punishing the whole class for one child’s misdemeanor – completely unfair’, wrote a Port Erin resident.

Notices went up in the area warning dog owners of the possible ban a few weeks ago. The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, that owns the land, said a ban is a ‘last resort’.

Leila Kneale wrote to Andrew Sidebottom, the director of Forestry, Amenity and Lands at the department.

She wrote: ‘It seems very unfair to victimise conscientious, public spirited dog walkers who always clean up after their dogs, because of the irresponsible attitude of a small number of dog owners, who do not ...’

She added: ‘These irresponsible dog owners, who flout the law as it stands, may still foul the area in the early morning, or at night, when unobserved, as they obviously have no public consciousness. Those of us who stick to the rules would be the ones to suffer.’

She asked that the innocents do not suffer because of the ‘guilty few.’

She copied the letter to the local authority and asked for their support ‘in fighting this injustice’.

Last week, commissioner Phil Crellin said: ‘Under the Dogs Act, if you have a ban you have to make sure the area is secure from dogs being able to enter.’

Because this would not be possible at Bradda, he said: ‘It [the ban] is a nonsense, I do not see how the department can do it.’

Commissioner Lorna MacKellar added that the threat of a ban ‘has had a huge impact.

‘People are picking up poo all over the place – even if their dog didn’t drop it.

‘It was a warning all they [the department] could do. It was dreadful. People have to appreciate they have got to maintain that facility.’

Commissioner Tony Wright said: ‘I clear up after my dog, I would be very upset if I was not able to take the dog up there.’

He proposed they write in support of Mrs Kneale’s letter and was seconded by commissioner Steve George.

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