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PICTURED: damage caused to Stone play equipment by dogs in training
THESE pictures from a park in Stone show the damage caused to play equipment by dogs pushed by their owners to strengthen their jaws.
Five swings and a pendulum base for a zip line at a playground in Waterstone Park have been left with gaping teeth marks and damaged beyond repair.
Stone Parish Council estimates the items will cost £700 to replace and is asking residents to report any instances of dog owners encouraging their pets to tuck in to children’s play equipment.
Councillors are even considering ordering replacements impregnated with an insect repellent dogs are also known to dislike the taste of. Citronella is also used in household products including perfumes and candles though it is not harmful to dogs or humans.
The proposal will be considered at a meeting of Stone Parish Council’s recreation and facilities committee on September 6.
Vice-chair of the council Councillor Stephanie Thredgle said: “This is a worrying situation not only because of the need to spend tax-payers money on repairing such irresponsible damage but also because of the potential for harm to come to a child by dogs who perceive playground equipment as something to attack.
“This is anti-social behaviour in a play area that is intended as a safe environment for local children to enjoy. We would ask that local residents are vigilant to this and report such activity if it is witnessed to prevent further episodes.”
Anyone with details on the damage, which is likely to have occurred between September 6 and 8, is asked to contact Kent Police on 101 using reference 09/07/92.
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