Hackney,
05
January
2015
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12:16
Europe/London

Residents asked to be vigilant following dog attacks on park trees

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Dog owners who allow or encourage their animals to damage trees and park furniture are being asked to stop following a spate of incidents on Stoke Newington Common.

Bark is being stripped from trunks and branches chewed by dogs, which could, in extreme cases, lead to the death of trees. Play equipment has also been damaged at the N16 park.

It is thought the practise could be the result of irresponsible owners preparing dogs for fights or by those unaware of the damage their animals are causing.

It is an offence to allow your animal to attack a tree or any other piece of park furniture and anyone who sees it should report it to the Council’s parks department or their local safer neighbourhoods’ team.

 

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
The damage is being caused by a very small number of dog owners allowing or encouraging their animals to attack trees and park property.

Some of these people don’t realise the consequences of their actions and we would urge them to stop. We are also asking all residents to be vigilant and report incidents when they see them.

We are the greenest borough in inner London and we do not want to lose any of our tress as result of a minority of thoughtless dog owners.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

To report damage, contact the Council’s parks team by email on: parks@hackney.gov.uk or call: 020 8356 8428

If you see an incident taking place, call your local safer neighbourhood team on: 020 8721 2340 or 0300 123 1212 in non-emergency circumstances, or dial 101 for urgent problems.