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“Pick up or pay out” warning to Cotswold dog owners

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An eye-catching campaign to remind dog owners to clean up after their pets or face on-the-spot fines is under way in Cotswolds.
Cotswold District Council is introducing fixed penalty notices for dog fouling offences for the first time from December 1st.
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Fines are on the way for dog fouling

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A tough new crackdown on environmental crime is being launched by Cotswold District Council.

From December 1st, litterbugs and dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets will face on-the-spot fines from the authority.
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Cotswolds MP calls for action on pedigree dog breeding

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The plight of dogs suffering from genetic disorders caused through pedigree dog breeding was demonstrated in a recent BBC One Documentary titled “Pedigree Dogs Exposed”.
The programme was deeply critical of the current set up of the Kennel Club and dog shows, in particular their insistence on breeding traits into pedigree dogs which can have painful and life threatening consequences on the dogs.  The MP has been highly critical of the Kennel Club’s complete disregard for the animals suffering. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswold MP meets with Cirencester School pupils

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Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown had the pleasure of hosting an assembly last Friday for all pupils during an engaging visit to Cirencester Junior School, where the MP was also able to meet with a number of pupils and teachers. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington Village Fete – a fantastic afternoon for all the family

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Saturday 12th July – 14.00 Ebrington Cricket Ground
Something for everyone – Family Dog Show and Agility Event, Chipping Campden School Swing Band, The Westminster Morris Men, Birds of Prey and Ebrington Arms Beer Festival Tent ( 14.00 – 19.00) – a traditional Cotswold village fete. Read the rest of this entry »

Council seeks local views on dog controls

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Dogs could be subject to stronger controls in the Cotswolds later this year following the outcome of the current public consultation by the District Council.

The Council is considering adopting new powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (2005), which allow local authorities to introduce Dog Control Orders. The Orders could cover the following:

  • preventing fouling of land by dogs
  • requiring owners to keep dogs on leads
  • excluding dogs from specified land
  • controlling the number of dogs a person can take onto specified land

Before introducing any orders, the Council wants to find out which towns and villages are experiencing dog-related problems and how the orders might improve the situation.

A questionnaire has been sent to all town and parish councils in the District and residents, land owners and businesses are encouraged to contact their local town or parish council to let them know of their concerns.  The community can also give their views by filling in a short survey on the Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk.

The initial consultation, which runs until the end of January, will also include short telephone surveys with randomly-selected callers to the Council.

All the responses will be analysed and depending on the results a series of draft Dog Control Orders will then be drawn up.  A more detailed public consultation will then follow in Spring or early Summer 2008.

The Council anticipates rolling out the Dog Control Orders in September 2008 but this will depend on the feedback received through the consultation phases.

Public Protection Manager Kate Bishop said: “We recognise that dog fouling and other dog-related matters are emotive issues and we would like to hear the public’s views on the subject before deciding whether or not dog control orders are needed in the Cotswolds.

“Dog fouling in particular can create a potential health hazard.  Whilst we currently have some laws in place to deal with this, the new powers could provide us with additional tools such as fixed penalty notices to deal with this unsociable matter”

Anyone who breaches the terms of a Dog Control Order faces a fine of up to £1,000 or the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice.

Pedigree Whippet Racing – 4th Championship Meeting

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Whippet Racing14th October Sunday – Moreton in Marsh Cricket Club

The Whippet Club Racing Association (WCRA) are holding their fourth (and last for 2008) Championship Meeting at Moreton in Marsh Cricket Club.

This meeting is a bend championship event over a 240 yard horseshoe bend track. The dogs run in weight groups – not exceeding 16lbs upto not exceeding 32lbs- on a knockout basis with the first two dogs in each race going through to the next round.

A whippet must win two of these championship events to become a “Racing Champion” and earn that title.
Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission. However there is no betting allowed and no prize money awarded.It is a purely amateur sport and the only prize to be won is a rosette or a trophy.

Whippet Racing is administered on behalf of the Whippet Club by the Whippet Club Racing Association(WCRA) and there are 16 clubs affiliated to the WRCA geographically spread from Scotland to Cornwall.
Club racing is designed to be fun and to accomodate all standards and a programme of racing lasts about four hours.

Come along to Moreton in Marsh on Sunday14th October and watch something different.

www.thewhippetclub.com

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