Pet-owning beachgoers furious over lack of safety in Costa Blanca

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TAILS UP! Dogs on Caleta dels Gossets.

PET-OWNING beachgoers are up in arms over a lack of safety on Caleta dels Gossets in Santa Pola after a dog was killed by a car.

On opening the beach to dogs a little over a year ago, the local council committed to installing speed bumps on the rural road that runs alongside it since it is a notorious speeding spot.

Concerns about fast drivers have not stopped people heading to the beach, the only one in the municipality where dogs are permitted.

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But many are now demanding that a fence be built to separate the sandy strip from their beloved pets, a move the town hall says is not possible due to laws relating to natural beaches.

Others say a slower speed limit should be imposed, but councillors reportedly believe this would be unlikely to work as a deterrent on a road without speed cameras.

Sara Mas, owner of two dogs and a regular visitor to the beach, is among those saddened by the danger. “I really like to visit this beach and I bring my dogs after I finish work, but I don’t let them loose very much because I am always worried by the proximity of the road.”

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