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Rogue dog walker ban fuels licensing argument

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The recent ban of Paul Kingston, a professional dog walker known locally as ‘Bob,’ in Hertfordshire’s Three Rivers area, has added to the debate around the rumoured licensing of professional dog walkers. 

As reported on the Three Rivers District Council website, Kingston, from Hatch End in Middlesex, was fined £2,500 and banned from walking dogs in local parks and open spaces for 10 years following complaints about his handling of large breeds and his confrontational behaviour towards other dog walkers at South Oxhey Playing Fields.

A local dog walker, in conversation with GoFido, remarked “This is a precisely why we need licensing. Cases like this don’t just tarnish his [Kingston’s] reputation – it undermines the trust and integrity of all professional dog walkers in our community.” 

Kingston’s appeal against a Community Protection Notice was dismissed by Deputy District Judge Booty, who cited persistent unreasonable behaviour and a detrimental effect on the community. 

Emma Sheridan of the Three Rivers District Council welcomed the court’s decision, saying “This is an excellent result. We want all of our wonderful parks and open spaces to be enjoyed by everyone and the court’s decision sends a strong message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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