Dog foul laws are extended

OFFENDED: John Shimmin MHK

OFFENDED: John Shimmin MHK

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FURTHER restrictions on dog fouling were announced in Tynwald by the minister responsible for paths and recreation areas.

Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister John Shimmin MHK said the order was to extend existing regulations imposed in 2009.

The regulations will come into force on March 1.

From that date dog owners must remove dog mess from marked pathways, forest roads, car parks, picnic areas and maintained grass areas.

An area of two metres either side of a path is also now designated mess-free and anything deposited within this boundary must be collected. Previously the stipulation was one metre.

In future dogs will be banned from the children’s play area at Bradda Glen, Port Erin.

Mess collection will now also be mandatory at various plantations including South Barrule and Conrhenny along with the Axnfell Memorial Tree Planting Site and the whole of Bradda Glen.

‘People like me who walk a dog and collect up any mess are as much offended by dog mess being left behind as anyone else,’ Mr Shimmin said.

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