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‘Control pets’ plea to owners using Worcester parks
A GULF war veteran who visits a Worcester park says dogs running riot in the field leave him more scared to walk his pets there than he felt during the conflict.
Chris Davies, of Brantwood, Warndon, walks his Welsh border collie Flynn and Sprocker spaniel Maisey, in Ronkswood Meadows.
But he has become concerned that many of his fellow dog-walkers let their pets run riot leaving people frightened to use the park.
“My experience is that probably half a dozen times a walk I have to have words with people who let their dogs go bombing unrestrained all over the field,” said the 43-year-old.
“I have seen a lady jogger sreaming in terror when somebody’s dog jumped up and barked at her.
“The dog-walkers always say they are friendly and don’t move and they won’t hurt you, but no one should have to put up with that sort of thing.
“It just seems they will do anything but the right thing, which is to train your dog and keep it on a lead. My dogs are more wary than they were before and I know people who are scared to take their dogs over there.
“I was a veteran in the Gulf War in the 1990s and I am more scared going over to the field than I ever felt in the war.”
Mr Davies now wants more signs to be put up in the meadows to stop people letting their dogs off the leads when they are not properly trained.
“I have been asking for signs to be put up,” he added. “I have complained about it to the police, who said they are going to try to get some signs put up.”
Worcester City Council, which is responsible for the parks, said they would visit the site.
A spokesman said: “We weren’t aware of any dog- related issues at Ronkswood Meadows, but we will now be visiting the site next week and would like to talk to the gentleman who raised the concerns so we can determine the best course of action to remedy the issue.”
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