Dog walkers not happy with ban on walking more than four animals

first_imgA new limit on the number of dogs that can be walked at one time in a Hampshire town has been met with consternation from owners and professional dog-walkers.A fine of £100 can be imposed on anyone who walks more than four dogs at a time under new rules that came into force in Gosport on Monday. But professional dog-walkers have complained that the limit, which was previously set at six animals, will affect their business. Dog ban sign  Various parts of the country have dog bans or restrictionsCredit:Kennel Club  One dog owner with five huskies told the BBC she would now have to walk her pets in two packs, and said the move penalised responsible dog owners.Councillors say the changes will address dog fouling and potentially out of control groups. Councillor John Tanner said:  “With more than four dogs, you are not taking your dog out for a walk but a pack of potentially dangerous animals for a riot around the park.”In Richmond, southwest London, there are plans for a similar policy from the autumn.center_img The Kennel Club last year warned that dog-walking had been banned or severely restricted in more than 3,300 of Britain’s open parks and spaces in a move slammed  as “criminalising” everyday life.Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said at the time that local authorities in some areas  “seem to be waging a war on dogs and their owners”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img