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Keep dogs on leads and keep your distance, warns RSPCA

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The RSPCA has asked local councils to loosen dog-walking laws to enable people to adhere to social distancing. It also warns dog walkers to behave responsibly.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 30/03/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has lobbied local government officials in a bid to relax the laws of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). Despite the nationwide limitations on movement, the PSPOs are still in force prohibiting dog walkers from entering certain areas.

Today the Society sought clarification from local councils and urged them to consider allowing dog walkers freer access to hitherto restricted areas.

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The move is seen as a bid to ensure dog walkers can keep their distance from others without being penalised for non-compliance.

Writes Deeside, “The RSPCA fears without a relaxation of PSPOs, some dog walkers may feel they have to travel to exercise their dog and protect its welfare – something Councils could help avoid with a temporarily lifting of such restrictions in certain areas.”

RSPCA advisories

The RSPCA also turned its attention to dog walkers, many of whom are flouting government advice on social distancing. It reminds us to keep two metres apart from everyone we encounter and to keep dogs on leads. If a dog is not kept on a lead it may run up to other dogs forcing the owner to follow it to within two metres of another dog walker.

It may seem like a small provision, but social distancing is the only way we may be able to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Be safe!