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Decision expected on dog ban

A dog ban is proposed on beaches Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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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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.

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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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