“NOTour dogs also have the right to a moment of freshness, they should not be punished because of the behavior of some disrespectful masters who do not pick up “, indignant Anne-Sophie Guarino. This Fardéloise is at the initiative of an online petition which is gaining momentum: More than 24,000 signatures in 15 days. “It all started with a dog walking Facebook group. I did not expect such enthusiasm, but it shows that the demand is strong”, she explains.
This request is for the creation of a beach in the town of Hyères which would allow dogs, which are currently prohibited all year round like all other animals. In her petition and her letter to the municipality, the Farlédoise advances various arguments.
An awareness panel to adopt the right gestures
First, that of dirt and hygiene. This is what Anne-Sophie Guarino was accused of by the police when, last June, she went to a beach in Hyères accompanied by her dog, with whom she habit of practicing paddle. In the petition, Anne-Sophie Guarino wonders about the pollution left by humans on the beach every day: “I don’t understand how you can say that dogs are dirtier than humans, who leave cigarette butts, cans, diapers, glass bottles, plastics and so on. Dogs only leave droppings that can be picked up. “
She also insists that the majority of canine owners are respectful. But to prevent this risk of pollution of the beach by dog excrement, the petition certainly asks for a delimited space for dogs, possible due to the size of the beaches of Hyères, but also “a trash can and an awareness panel aimed at owners to adopt the right gestures “.
Anne-Sophie Guarino also explains that it is increasingly difficult to practice activities with her dog. “In summer, with the drought, the forest massifs are inaccessible. The rivers are contaminated with cyanobacteria harmful to our dogs. We locals, so we are restricted. But this is also the case for tourists. Many of them have signed the petition. “, underlines the Farlédoise.
The petition takes up this theme by advancing the fact that it is complex to bring your dog on vacation because few places accept them. “However, the dog is becoming more and more a full member of the family. Creating a beach for dogs would mean offering activities to tourists with dogs, and thus fighting against the abandonment of the summer period. “, adds Anne-Sophie Guarino.
Asked about this, the town hall of Hyères recalls its role in preserving the safety of public spaces, of which the beaches are a part. “We can not allow children to be seen on the beaches in the middle of dog droppings “, explains Fabrice Werber, Deputy Director General of Services.
The town hall refuses
As for reserving part of a beach for canines, Fabien Werber explains that “la marie does not wish to reduce the reception capacity of these already ultra-busy beaches, leaving part of it to the animals. In addition, it would mean accepting the loss of a piece of beach which would become a canisette, and the town hall does not wish to move in this direction. “.
Finally, the city of Hyères testifies to its desire to live well with animals, but recalls that public health is a rule from which it cannot derogate. “We are not in the perspective of depriving animals of any well-being. But having an animal means accepting the constraints that go with it, and accepting having to leave it for one or two hours to enjoy our coast. “, concludes Fabrice Werber.
This dog-friendly bathing area is located on a small isolated beach, south of the nautical base in Saint-Elme. But to avoid any accident, it is requested that canines be kept on a leash.
Throughout the morning, dogs of all kinds (note that 2nd category dogs must be muzzled and that this space is forbidden to 1st category dogs) and their masters parade to come and enjoy a moment of freshness. Some are visibly in a hurry to get into the water.
Police officers control
Others, like Frileuse, are more hesitant. “She’s a little dog who prefers hiking “, jokes Carine, its owner. The Seynoise seems won over by the creation of the “doggie beach”: “The beach offers a shaded part in the morning and that’s a big plus. This space is a very good concept that allows everyone to have a good time. I come regularly with Frileuse and it’s always pleasant. “
At the entrance to the beach, a trash can and a bag dispenser are accompanied by awareness panels to encourage people to pick up dog waste. The police are checking to punish the abuses, because residents are starting to complain about the dirtiness, especially of the small path that leads to the beach.
Manon, came from Marseille on vacation with her family. She hangs on a long leash Séméio: “I understand the dissatisfaction, because some people are poorly educated and there is some incivility. I just picked up poop again that wasn’t my dog’s. It’s a shame that some owners don’t play the game because there are already few spaces like this, everyone has to take responsibility”.
Bernard, came to him from the Paris region with his golden retriever dog Scarlett. “It’s my first time here, and it’s really good. I completely understand that dogs are not on public beaches, it’s good to think of them. But it’s true that you have to do it in a respectful way.” indicates Bernard, taking out of his pocket a small box containing sachets for excrement.
“Little lucky guys”
From the biggest to the smallest, the dogs all seem to be having a good time splashing around in the water or venturing where they don’t have “paws”. Manon addresses a central theme at the heart of summer: “I think this kind of beach is a very good initiative. It is a commendable action to fight against the abandonment of animals because it is difficult to find a rental and activities when you bring your dog on vacation, so some prefer to abandon them.”
Despite these problems, this new beach has visibly won over users, both locals and tourists.. Bernard jokes with other dog handlers. “They are lucky, there are far fewer people on this beach than on ours “.
During the summer period, most of the beaches on the Var coast are closed to our 4-legged friends. But where to swim with your dog? Some municipalities are gradually setting up canine bathing areas, allowing dogs to enjoy a refreshing moment in complete legality.
This is the case of the Dog Beach of bandol. This pebble beach reserved for dogs is located at the end of the port of Bandol, on the Paul Ricard promenade. To Six-Fours, a canine bathing area is delimited on the beach of Bonnegrâce, more precisely on the portion of the beach nicknamed Brutal Beach. However be careful, categorized dogs are not allowed. To Toulon, there is no beach dedicated to canids. On the other hand, dogs kept on a leash have the right to bathe at the slipway in Anse Tabarly, at the eastern end of the Mourillon beaches. In the municipality of The Londe, there are also no real beaches open to dogs, but rather a rocky bathing area authorized for animals. This place is located between Tamaris beach and Argentière beach, along the pedestrian promenade. To Bormes, Brégançon beach welcomes dogs along its entire length. They can swim there freely but must be kept on a leash to cross Cabasson beach, which does not allow dogs. And finally to La Seyne, opened this summer a “toutou beach” located south of the Saint-Elme nautical base.
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