Dog owners ‘may be forced to break rules’ due to lack of walking spots

Local authorities are being urged to ease rules on where dogs can be walked to stop people breaking lockdown rules.

Many Councils across England and Wales have introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) banning dogs from certain parks, fields and beauty spots.

As England enters another national lockdown and with Wales already under tier four restrictions, the RSPCA has renewed its calls for Councils to explore a temporary relaxation of these measures.

Under the new rules people in England can only exercise once a day and are being advised to stay local and avoid public transport.

Meanwhile in Wales, there is no limit on how often someone may exercise but people must not travel for exercise. This includes dog walking, which must start and begin from home.

The RSPCA says these restrictions can create issues for dog walkers who may have local options curtailed by PSPOs.

There is concern some people will travel to find suitable dog walking spots for their animals – potentially unwittingly breaching Covid-19 rules in the interests of their dog’s welfare and exercise needs.

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