TOUGH new rules which would mean dogs will have to be kept on leads in many popular walking spots in Torridge, are a step closer to being imposed.
The new rules were discussed at a special Community and Resources Committee meeting at Torridge District Council on Tuesday.
The meeting was held to consider controversial proposed new dog orders in Torridge.
The new rules could mean dog owners will be forced to keep their dogs on leads on Northam Burrows, Victoria Park and Westward Ho! Beach and Promenade, or face hefty fines.
At the end of the committee meeting the council decided to take the proposal to full council. This could mean at a future full council meeting councillors could vote to push the new rules into place.
At the meeting councillors discussed that the recommendations may mean people could find it difficult to exercise their dogs without a lead.
Mr Leather said: "Yes, grazers have rights, but so do the public. Dogs need to be able to run around. If dogs were on leads I think you could come up against a lot of problems."
After the meeting Councillor Roger Johnson said: "I think we have come a long way..
"The majority of dog owners are responsible."
Dogs which are exempt from these orders include dogs working in agriculture, police dogs and dogs helping people with disabilities.