safety calls after fifth dog killed in fall on Brean Down
calls for better warning signs on Brean Down have been made this
week after another dog plunged to its death over the cliffs -
the fifth this year.
animal tumbled down the steep rockface near Brean Down Fort on
Wednesday afternoon (June 30th).
owner Ann Richards, who was walking on the Down during Wednesday's
accident, has urged the National Trust to reconsider its policy
on installing extra warning signs along the rocky outcrop.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was very upsetting to see the
owner and his wife both in tears as they walked away with the
blook-soaked body of their dog near the fort."
am certain that much more can be done here to alert pet owners
to the dangers and reduce the number of accidents like this."
added: "The signs explaining the dangerous nature of the
cliffs should be more visible and updated frequently with statistics
about the number of recent animal deaths."
also like to see pet owners who don't walk their animals on leads
getting fines or being banned altogether from using Brean Down.
A tougher policy would reduce the number of accidents."
latest accident comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
in March how Bath couple Lorraine and Jonathan Hawkins recovered
the dead body of Daisy, their greyhound cross whippet, at the
base of the cliffs near Brean Down Fort after she fell down the
A black springer died in April,
while another animal had a lucky
escape in April when it was found safe and well after tumbling
down the cliffs.
National Trust recently said that extra warning signs will not
be introduced on Brean Down.
Courtiour, the National Trust's Countryside Manager for Somerset,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are obviously very sad to hear
about this. We
do, however, have clear warning signs telling dog owners that
they must keep their dogs under control on the steep cliffs. These
signs are placed at both entrances to Brean Down so every dog
walker will see them."
lucky dog tumbled down the cliffs at Brean Down and survived in
April - but others have not been so fortunate