Dog ban row continues in St Ives

As a consultation about banning dogs from some St Ives beaches nears its end, dog owners have come together to fight the plans

Debate rages on beach dog ban plans

A consultation on plans to ban dogs from some of Cornwall’s most popular beaches has reignited a massive debate about the matter.

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Dogs help kids to read

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.

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PICTURE: St Ives dog ban debate

This shot of dog owners and their pets on Harbour Beach this morning could be a thing of the past if the ban goes through Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

Dog ban consultation on St Ives beaches ends Friday

Dogs could be banned from St Ives beaches all year round. Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

Number of abandoned dogs in South West increases by 70%

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.

Number of stray dogs increases by 70%

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.

More than 5,000 stray dogs have been picked up in 2012 Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

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