Dogs refused summer dips

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COSTA dogs are not going to be happy this summer as their beaches in bathing areas have been banned for the summer.
In a note sent to 14 seaside towns in Malaga Province, the Junta de Andalucia regional government has stated that dogs will not be allowed on beaches where bathing is permitted for humans.
Casares (the first Costa town to put a beach aside for pooches in 2012), Manilva, Marbella, Fuengirola, Mijas, Estepona (which recently applied to create a dog beach but had its petition turned down), Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Malaga City and Rincon de la Victoria (which share a dog beach between the two), Torrox, Velez-Malaga, Nerja and Algarrobo, have all received the note, which has also been sent to the Western Costa del Sol and Axarquia municipality commonwealths and the Equality, Health and Social Policies Department.
Although many areas had already created dog beaches or applied to do so, the health and environmental governing boards have decided they go against Decree 194/1998 (October 13).
Therefore, in accordance with the decree – which is the base for regulations regarding hygiene and safety surveillance for bathing areas – during the bathing season (from June 1 to September 30) domestic pets are banned from waters and bathing areas, with the exception of activities specifically authorised in advance by the competent health authority.
The fact that a local bylaw has set aside a beach for dogs is insufficient, and access will also be restricted at busy times such as Easter, even though the dates fall outside the bathing season.
On the other hand dogs could be permitted in areas where bathing is forbidden and this is clearly shown on signs, meaning it cannot be considered a bathing area.


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