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SO Kirklees want to ban dogs from playing fields.

Are they also going to ban spectators, who leave their wrappers, cans and bottles, and the spectators' cars and vans, which churn up the playing field surface? Why should it be one rule for one and one for another? Rubbish is just as dangerous as dog dirt, often leaving us with large vet bills because of other people's carelessness.

Not allowing us to use the playing fields to walk the dogs would be a crime - our local playing field gets used once at a weekend and once during the week for training - so if you ban dog walkers, who is actually going to use the green space? Nobody, so you might as well build houses on it!

How are the elderly and infirm supposed to get to a park to walk their dogs? Normally people walk their dogs in a routine - it gives us a chance to keep an eye on those less able and to intervene if we think there is something amiss. I agree something should be done to ensure owners pick up after their dogs, but banning them altogether is not the answer.

If they don't pick up after their dogs on a field they won't on a street either and even more people will be affected, plus if the dogs are not exercised they will become aggressive and there will be more reports of people being bitten. A quick fix is not always the answer. Kirklees - look at the bigger picture and think again.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 24, 2011
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