Saunders‘WOOF’ launches

By Observer Reporter in Community News

Dyfed-Powys Police and Pembrokeshire County Council are inviting every man and his dog to Saundersfoot Harbour on Friday, April 28, for Saunders‘WOOF’, a free event celebrating everything great about the bond between man and dog.

Charities, companies and organisations from all sections of our communities will be there to host an enjoyable day offering free behavioural advice, microchipping, basic professional health checks for dogs and maybe the odd competition and canine treat!

The event, organised by Dyfed-Powys Police’s local Neighbourhood Policing Team and Pembrokeshire County Council, celebrates the last weekend before the annual dog walking restrictions come into action from May 1 to September 30. These restrictions only apply to 11 beaches in the county, including Saundersfoot, Amroth and Tenby Castle and South Beach, and there is always a spot nearby to feel the sand between your toes….or paws. Saunders‘WOOF’ aims to promote responsible dog ownership and show that our beaches can be fun and safe for all.

“Saunders‘WOOF’ also marks the launch of Saundersfoot’s very own community dog watch scheme, allowing members of the local community to take an active role in tackling the issue of dog fouling in their local areas,” explained PCSO Rachel Adams.

“Working closely with Pembrokeshire County Council dog wardens and Saundersfoot Neighbourhood Policing Team, the group will provide a high visibility presence when walking their own dogs in and around Saundersfoot in an attempt to encourage other dog owners to pick up after their pets.

“The community dog watch volunteers may report any owners that fail to pick up their dog’s mess in a public place. It is commendable that these individuals give up their time and put themselves on the frontline in order to make Saundersfoot a cleaner community for everyone to enjoy. It is hoped that they will set the local standard for responsible dog owners and that their visible presence will encourage other dog owners to make sure they pick up and the numbers of volunteers will mean that wherever people take their dogs for a walk, there will be concerned members of the community keeping an eye to ensure they act responsibly.”

Microchipping is also something at the forefront of the event. Even if your dog has previously been microchipped, Malcolm Stagg who is attending from Dog’s Trust, advises: “As it is a year since the microchipping laws came in, one of the things we are keen to do is remind everyone who has their dogs chipped to check that their dogs’ details are up to date on the national database. Many people have changed mobile number, or even address since their dog was microchipped. Unfortunately, this does mean that nearly half the stray dogs that are scanned by dog wardens, despite being chipped, cannot be readily returned home because the contact details are incorrect.”

Added PCSO Adams: “We would love to see as many dogs and well-behaved owners to drop in to Saunders‘WOOF’ as possible. Pop down to see rescue dogs, guide dogs and police dogs in action between 10 am - 4 pm.”

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