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 ›
Plans to ban dogs from some of Cornwall's most popular beaches go out to consultation for twelve weeks from today. The proposals could see a permanant year-round ban on dogs at St Ives Harbour beach.
A campaign starts today to reduce the amount of dog mess in Ilfracombe. Dog owners on the streets will be offered poop scoop bags and advice.
Government plans to microchip all dogs won't help stop attacks on children, according to critics. One south west MP says the proposals will hit middle class pet owners and fail to deter yobs from using dogs as weapons.
It's a view shared by a mother from Weymouth, whose 3-year-old daughter was attacked by a dog nine months ago.
Daisy Gray's report contains some upsetting images
St Ives Town Council has voted to go ahead with a consultation on proposals for a year round dog ban on one beach and a summer time ban on four others. The consultation will last 12 weeks. Dog walkers are furious at plans to ban them from some of Cornwall's most popular beaches.
Kathy Wardle reports on how dog walkers are furious at plans to ban them from some of Cornwall's most popular beaches. The changes could see a permanent year round ban on dogs in St Ives harbour.St Ives Town Council will discuss whether to extend the current bans on its beaches this evening.
A couple who kept more than 70 pets in their semi detached home in Minehead have been banned from keeping animals for eight years. The RSPCA found 56 dogs and a variety of other animals. Four had to be put down. Most are now being rehomed.
Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland was in court and reports on how James and Nicola Hood pleaded guilty to nine charges of cruelty and neglect and were fined 500 pounds
Dog owner Gill Parker comes to St Ives on holiday twice a year. She says any further bans would put her off.
It would mean that we would have to find somewhere else to go and I think that's a great shame. I think if you look around St Ives at times like this there are lots of people with dogs and they obviously come for the same reason, they can bring their dogs on the beach. I think if they can't do that it will have an impact on St Ives, they're going to lose a lot of revenue in the shops, in the accomodation.
The proposals being looked at by the town council have come about because of concerns over fouling and dogs not being under control.
Dogs can cause a problem on beaches, particularly those used by families and children. We've had children being covered in dog mess because it's been buried in the sand, also people are frightened by dogs running loose, and we've also had problems of dogs relieving themselves against rocks and it runs into rockpools that children are playing in.