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Enfield's dangerous dog clampdown successes revealed

Published Monday, 25 June 2012

Enfield Council dealt with more than 500 complaints about dogs in parks new figures have shown.

The borough has released the figures to demonstrate the good work being done by its Parkguard scheme.

The scheme was set up in July last year and sees Parkguard working with Enfield Council parks patrol officers to identify and tackle dogs which could cause problems for park users, and offer advice and training to people who want help in controlling their pets. 

The six months to February 2012 saw Parkguard pay 1,179 visits to parks in Enfield and dealt with 536 incidents or offences in conjunction with Enfield Council's Parks Police.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "The safety of our park users is a key priority for us. Both Parkguard and our parks police are working incredibly hard to deal with the menace of dangerous dogs. They are also working closely with pet owners who may want some advice and guidance about how to care for and control their pets.

"Our residents tell us they really enjoy using our parks and open spaces but fear some of the dogs running loose they encounter, especially if they have young children.

"Parkguard is helping to deal with dogs which need training, and is helping to educate owners on how they can keep their pets under control in a public place."

Park Guard has been operating in Enfield's parks and open spaces for the past year. The scheme was originally scheduled to run for a 12 month period but has now been extended for another year. It also takes referrals from police and the housing department to educate owners of nuisance dogs.

Chief Inspector Ian Kibblewhite, Safer Neighbourhoods, said: "Dog owners have been spoken to and advised on how to control their dogs and be sensible owners. The dog handlers are experienced in dealing with all types of dogs and have assisted police officers and council staff in improving safety and dealing with dogs that cause concern." 

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