Dog owners welcome off-lead zoning decision

Sandra Snounou and Jillian Davis with their dogs in Hazelbank Park. INNT 11-006-FP
Sandra Snounou and Jillian Davis with their dogs in Hazelbank Park. INNT 11-006-FP

A GROUP of local dog owners who lobbied councillors to vote against making the loughshore towpath between Whiteabbey and Duncrue an ‘on-lead only’ zone for dogs have welcome the outcome of Monday night’s Environment Committee meeting at Mossley Mill.

A statement issued on Tuesday (April 9) by Jenny McLaren, Sandra Snounou, Jillian Davis and Sheila Sloan thanked the committee for its “common sense” decision regarding a section of the council’s proposed new Dog Control Order, which could have seen a ban on dogs being exercised off the lead along the popular pedestrian and cycle route.

“We are delighted with the outcome of last night’s meeting and would like to thank all those councillors who supported the views of all dog walkers of the borough so eloquently and vociferously.

“In particular we would like to thank those councillors who worked so hard on behalf of responsible dog walkers, who would have been penalised had this order been adopted. Last night common sense prevailed and dog walkers now know that the council listens and responds accordingly,” the statement said.