LETTER: Do we want our beach to be a dog’s toilet?

dog on beachAT half term on a lovely sunny day, my two granddaughters were happily sitting eating their lunch on the pebble beach in Lyme Regis.

Many dogs were racing around on the sandy part of the beach, which is exposed at low tide. Suddenly a large golden labrador bounded up the pebbles and, without hesitation, cocked his leg over my nine-year-old granddaughter and weed over her.

I yelled at the dog and tried in vain to push it away. The owner just looked at me and casually walked on.

How can it possibly be sensible to have dogs loose on our lovely beaches? I have owned dogs all of my adult life and love them, but there is sensible place to exercise dogs – Monmouth Beach for example.

On another occasion I watched as a smart young lady kick pebbles over her dog’s excrement. The sea does not reach that part of the beach.

Do we want our superb but small, main beach to be a dog’s loo? Okay this is not all the year round but dog poo takes a while to disappear.

I hope with all my heart that the powers that be will reconsider their decision regarding dogs off the lead on the main beaches, at any time.

Elizabeth Wilson
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