The aggressive nature of a few dogs being walked at Bincombe Beeches is spoiling the peacefulness of a Crewkerne nature reserve. Several incidents of dogs attacking other dogs has occurred at the beauty spot, known for its abundance of wild life and wild flowers, since the beginning of this year. Bincombe Beeches is not only a favourite place for dog owners to exercise their pets, its panoramic scenery makes it a top spot for families to visit.
One owner whose dog has been attacked twice by a beagle said: “The dog’s owner was nowhere to be seen the first time and on the second occasion when my dog was yelping and trying to get away, after being bitten again, she was very rude and said that her dog was only playing.” In another incident, a local man walking his labrador was confronted by a white Staffordshire bull terrier and its owner. Although the bull terrier was muzzled he said: “It was in a frenzy and trying to bite through its muzzle. It was very scary and I dread to think what would have happened if a young child had been there.”
Bincombe Beeches is owned, maintained and managed by Crewkerne Town Council. Chair of Bincombe Management Committee Katy Pritchard said: “I’m saddened to hear of dogs being attacked at Bincombe. It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere. Bincombe is no exception. Please help us to keep Bincombe a welcoming retreat for everyone by keeping your dogs under control at all times.”