Owners happy doggies may do Picton

JARED NICOLL
Last updated 07:09 07/08/2012
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DEREK FLYNN

Community feel: Dog lovers, left to right, Judy Woledge, Tanya Orchard, Kate Searle and Michael James, last year circulated a petition to encourage the council to continue allowing dogs in the Picton CBD

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A Picton dog owner is "extremely pleased" the district council will continue to allow dogs on leashes to be taken through the town centre.

Marlborough councillors decided at the end of July to continue to allow people to take dogs through the town after dog lovers voiced their concerns through a submission process.

The council has begun a drafting process of the rules.

The council previously proposed to ban dogs from the Picton CBD as part of its review of dog policy rules.

More than 300 submissions from more than 1000 people were submitted on the dog policy rules and the council began its hearing process in April.

Picton resident Tanya Orchard owns two jack russell crosses and said the vast majority of Picton dog owners were "extremely pleased" with the outcome.

"The council finally realised the changing attitude to pets out here.

"It's just a really nice community feel to be able to walk our dogs through town on leads." More than 400 people signed a petition created last year to show the council they wanted dogs to be allowed through the town on leashes.

Picton business owners showed their support for dogs to wander outside their shops despite the risk of doggy-do on their doorsteps.

The Government's Food Safety Regulations 2002 law banned animals from food premises, including outside areas.

"The petition was signed by local retailers, and pretty much everyone signed. I think we just had one who wasn't happy.

"Picton is a tourist town and a lot of tourists like to bring their dogs with them, a lot of shop owners rely on that business.

"Sounds people couldn't take the dogs off their boats and tourists couldn't believe it."

Previous dog control rules were "full on", with animal-control officers handing out fines to people walking their dogs along and around High St.

Dog enthusiasts would wait with anticipation for the outcome of the dog policy review of dogs being kept on leashes at other areas around Picton, including Esson's Valley and Victoria Domain, she said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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