A dog day afternoon

PUBLISHED: 12:47 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 08 April 2013




IT will be a great day for man's best friend this Sunday ( April 14) as East Devon District Council hosts a special 'Dog's Day Out' in Phear Park.

From 10am – 4pm people and their canine companions can enjoy a huge range of free activities in aid of The Dog’s Trust.

Free micro chipping, a dog show, agility displays, a tombola and free giveaways are all on the cards as the council promotes responsible dog ownership in a fun, friendly way.

Over 15 stalls will be on offer, free goodies and a range of information from different groups, advising on dog health and wellbeing, behavioural problems, preventing dog barking complaints and identifying dogs to prevent straying.

Among those giving advice will be the council’s dog warden, Environmental Health team and a police dog handler.

Organiser Jill Wheller from East Devon District Council’s Environmental Health team said: “We had a lot of success with a similar event last year so we’ve decided to come back with something bigger and better.

“It will be great fun for dogs and owners alike, taking advantage of one of East Devon’s most popular parks and, with a bit of luck, some April sunshine.

“When it comes to problems with dogs we always find that prevention is better than cure, so along with the fun and frolics we’ll be offering some practical advice and support to owners to help prevent any problems with their pets.

“So whether you’re seeking advice, would like to take advantage of free micro chipping or simply fancy a fun family day out in the park, please come along and join us at Dog’s Day Out.”

The council, which is responsible for handling stray dogs, noise complaints and cleaning parks and streets, handled over 1120 dog-related issues last year.

It iss hoping that events such as this one will encourage responsible ownership and help people avoid problems with their pet.

Cllr Iain Chubb, East Devon’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “The vast majority of dog owners are very responsible and take great care of their pet. We’re hoping that by providing extra advice and highlighting some of the issues we’ll nip a few future problems in the bud. It’s not about finger-wagging, but providing friendly, helpful advice to help people do right by their pets.”

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