Newark and Sherwood District Council host successful Bark In The Park event at Coronation Street Park, Balderton
More than 50 dogs enjoyed a pamper session at Coronation Street Park in Balderton yesterday (Wednesday).
The Bark In The Park event, hosted by Newark and Sherwood District Council, aimed to promote responsible dog ownership in the area.
As part of the initiative, dog owners could bring their canine friends to the park to get micro-chipped and have their nails cut for free by Minster Vets.
Andrew Weaver, community protection officer at Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Events like this are very important because we're trying to promote responsible dog ownership in our district."
"What we have realised is that during lockdown, dog ownership has risen and we need to promote the welfare of the animals."
A record total of 65 dogs visited the park throughout the afternoon, which is more than previous Bark In The Park events.
"This time has been busier than any of the other ones," said Andrew. "It was so encouraging to see people come out."
Mary Griffin, of Balderton, and Vicki Stafford, of Newark, brought their dogs, Stella, Rocky and Ebony along.
Vicki's dog, Stella, was micro-chipped. She said events like Bark In The Park were crucial for people on low income.
"It makes things better for myself on a low income," Vicki said.
Nikki Bainbridge, of Balderton, visited with her two golden retrievers.
Nikki said: "Anything that's raising awareness of dog ownership is always a plus."
The RSPCA were also at the park, offering important advice and support to those attending.
"It's about helping people and offering advice," said Deb Scotcher, RSPCA Inspector.
"It's good to get out there in the public in the public, even so that people know of the responsibilities of a dog owner."