Westmeath County Council has confirmed the opening of a new three-acre dog park in the county.
This afternoon (Wednesday, July 20th,), a spokesperson confirmed that works are now complete on the new dog park along the Royal Canal Way at Newbrook, Mullingar.
The park – located between the Royal Canal and the Old Mullingar-Athlone Rail Line – can be accessed from the Royal Canal and Old Rail Trail Greenways.
Furthermore, the park is also conveniently located beside the old rail trail car park.
The new dog park has two sections: one for larger/medium-sized dogs and a second one for smaller dogs.
In a statement to That’s Farming, a council spokesperson stressed that smaller dogs (<15kg) may only access their designated section of the dog park.
Furthermore, the same principle applies to larger/medium-sized dogs (>15kg) who may also only access their particular section of the dog park.
Owners/users must ensure that their dog remains within their designated section.
The council has issued a list containing ten breeds which are not permitted in the dog park, as follows:
- American Pit Bull Terrier;
- Bull Mastiff;
- Doberman Pinscher;
- Rhodesian Ridgeback;
- English Bull Terrier;
- Japanese Akita;
- German Shepard (Alsatian);
- Japanese Tosa.
Attending the park
When attending the park, the council has requested that users/owners adhere to guidelines that it has compiled.
- Always close the gates upon entering and exiting the park;
- Recognise that owners are always legally responsible for the behaviour of and controlling their own dog(s);
- Owners must ensure that their dog is not causing a nuisance to other park users and their dog(s)
- Owners must be within the dog park and supervising their dogs with their lead(s) readily available;
- Do not exceed the maximum ratio of three dogs per person. You must respect the overall park limit of a maximum of 15 dogs present in the park at any one time;
- Do not take aggressive dogs into the park;
- Dog vaccines must be up-to-date. If a dog shows any symptoms of being unwell, please refrain from bringing them to the park;
- Do not bring female dogs that are in heat to the dog park;
- Pronged or spiked collars are not permitted
- Clean up immediately if your dog fouls;
- Any children entering the park must always be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult.
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