The question of whether or not to exclude dogs from the main beaches at St Ives in Cornwall is being hotly debated later.
If it goes ahead, the ban will come into force from next summer.
St. Ives Town Council will decide tonight on whether to ban dogs from beaches in the town from next summer.
The proposal is for a daytime ban on harbour beach in summer and a total summertime ban on the other main beaches. Dog walkers in the town are angry that the suggested alternative beaches are unsuitable at high tide.
Parents and teachers say they've been amazed at how children who needed some extra help at school with things like reading and confidence have improved thanks to working with a dog.
The North Devon based charity Dogs Helping Kids is now training owners and their animals across our region as by word of mouth demand for their volunteer service has exploded.
As a consultation about banning dogs from some St Ives beaches nears its end, dog owners have come together to fight the plansRead the full story ›
Our reporter Kathy Wardle is in St Ives covering the plans to ban dog walkers from some of the beaches all year round. The consultation is due to end on Friday. You can see her report on The West Country Tonight at 6pm.
A public consultation on plans to extend a ban on dogs from beaches in St Ives ends this Friday.
On some beaches dogs would be banned for 24 hours a day all year round under the new proposals.
At the moment dogs are allowed on the main beaches before 8am and after 7pm between May and September.
Seth Conway reports as the number of dogs being abandoned on our streets has increased dramatically, according to an animal charity.
Around 14 stray or abandoned dogs are picked up every day in our region by local authorities.
According to the Dogs Trust there's been a 70% rise in strays in the South West in the past 4 years.
Nationally, 120,000 dogs were picked up across the country in the last year.
Around 14 stray or abandoned dogs are picked up every day in our region by local authorities. That's according to an annual Stray Dogs Survey.
It found that there was a 70 per cent rise in the number of stray dogs found in the South West over the past 4 years. Nearly one hundred and twenty thousand dogs were picked up across the country over the last 12 months.
A consultation on plans to ban dogs from some of Cornwall’s most popular beaches has reignited a massive debate about the matter.Read the full story ›
People get to have their say on plans to ban dogs from some of Cornwall's most popular beaches.Read the full story ›