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.

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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