THERE’LL be no barking on Andalucia’s beaches this summer, after the Junta banned dogs along its entire coastline.
The decree which approves the new legislation states that ‘it is prohibited to give pets access to bathing zones, with the exception for any activity approved by the competent health authority.
The ban will be in place until September 30.
Jesus, 22, a lifeguard and dog-walker from a beach in Sabinillas, Malaga, told the Olive Press: “I’ll continue to walk my dogs along this beach in spite of the Junta’s decision.”
While Richard Hopkins, 46, a British resident in the same area who doesn’t own any dogs, commented, “I haven’t got anything against dogs, but they can make a mess on the beach.
He continued: “I have a friend whose dogs are very well behaved. If people are responsible, I don’t mind.”
However, Paco, a 65-year old holiday maker from Madrid, said: “I don’t like taking my dog on the beach. I believe that dog-friendly beaches should be treated in the same way as nudist beaches – they should be away from everything else.”