Beach Walks With Your Dog Could Result In £75 Fine From Today
Remember the scene from Marley & Me where Marley is let off the lead and everyone looks on in disgust because there are strict rules about generally having fun. We always wanted something unpleasant to come to the person who enforced it.
Well, as of today (May 1), dog walkers could be fined £75 for walking their dog on the beach - lead or no lead, it's not allowed at all. It's left us wondering who called the fun police?
According to The Sun, the rules, which have faced a backlash from dog walkers, come into force between May 1 and September 30.
There's nothing more satisfying than watching a happy pooch running free along the beach. Running anywhere to be fair. They don't even have to be running. Actually just seeing a dog is enough.
The restrictions are likely to be different depending on where you live and may apply to only some beaches in the area. It's like some sort of sadistic lottery.
Guide dogs are allowed on beaches - even those that have bans in place.
For example, when looking at coastal areas around Bristol, four-legged friends aren't allowed on all beaches between Maddocks Slade and the Yacht Club.
But they're welcome at Sand Bay, even during the summer months. Three cheers for Sand Bay.
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Councils say the ban is necessary to make sure the beaches are maintained to a high standard over the summer months.
Marcus Jackson, local environment services team leader at North Tyneside Council, told Chronicle Live: "Here in North Tyneside, our beaches are one of our biggest attractions, as shown by our three Blue Flags and four Seaside Awards.
"We have more awards for our beaches than any other area in the North East and to maintain this, we have to implement a dog ban in the summer."
For a full list of beaches your dog could be banned from it's best to contact your local council.
Along with beach rules for canine owners, an investigation by Pets At Home found that they could also be fined up to £2,000 for failing to microchip their pup, as reported by The Sun.
Council fines for not microchipping your dog can vary between £25 to £2,000 depending on where you live.
The area with the most severe fine was the London Borough of Hounslow who charged £1,932.50 for failing to microchip a dog.
It'll be us soon, we'll be microchipped and not allowed on the beach. Let's put our foot down - or paw.
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