The RSPCA has urged local authorities to explore relaxing locally-imposed restrictions on where dogs can be walked to help curb the possible spread of coronavirus and protect canine welfare.

Many Councils have previously introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to stop dogs being walked in certain areas – including on local sports pitches. Concerns have been raised that these PSPOs can limit suitable dog walking spots within some communities.

However, with restrictions on people’s movement now in place to help … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has given a big paws-up to plans from Wrexham County Borough Council that will ensure all dog walkers carry poo bags.

The local authority is consulting on a new ‘Dog Control and Dog Fouling’ Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), ahead of the expiration of current rules on 1 March 2020.

Under new plans, any person who is in control of a dog will need to carry an appropriate receptacle or bag to ensure they can clean up any … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has given a big paws-up to Cardiff Council, as they announce they will now not pursue a blanket ban on dog walking on marked sports pitches in the capital city.

The announcement came from Councillor Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, at a Joint Environmental & Economy and Culture Scrutiny Committee last night (19 November).

RSPCA Cymru was one of a number of agencies giving views on dog control plans in Cardiff at the session. This … Continue reading…

Cardiff Council has been urged by the RSPCA not to exclude dogs from marked sports pitches within the local authority area.

The council is currently consulting on a Public Spaces Protection Order for the area, including proposed new controls around dogs.

RSPCA Cymru fears banning dogs from marked sports pitches – as proposed – could risk demonising responsible owners and their pets.

The animal welfare charity has called on the Council to strive towards “integrated communities, with responsible pet and … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed moves from Caerphilly County Borough Council to not ban dogs from marked sports pitches within the local area.

Previous plans from Caerphilly CBC had suggested that the local authority was considering excluding dogs from all marked sports pitches owned by the Council.

The previous plans had formed part of a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which RSPCA Cymru feared would remove appropriate, accessible spaces within the Caerphilly community for dogs to exercise.

RSPCA Cymru had … Continue reading…