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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.

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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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Dog attacks: Critics say microchipping won't help

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

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