Burrowbridge punters sign petition to save pooch

Landlords Sally Taylor and Jim Winkworth with children Seth and Jed, and Bodger the dog

Landlords Sally Taylor and Jim Winkworth with children Seth and Jed, and Bodger the dog

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ALMOST 200 punters at a Burrowbridge pub have signed a petition to save its beloved dog, who has been accused of being a traffic hazard.

Sally Taylor and Jim Winkworth, of the King Alfred Inn, say they may have to consider re-homing their springer spaniel, Bodger, after he was accused of straying in two anonymous complaints.

The complaints, made to Taunton Deane Council, said Bodger was a traffic hazard as he likes to go for a walk around the front of the pub to the riverbank.

Sally said the family felt it would be unfair to tie Bodger up as he is used to his freedom.

She said: “He walks down a path to the riverbank, but he never goes on to the road.

“Taunton Deane Council has sent two dog wardens to watch the pub to catch Bodger in the process.

“They’ve sent us a letter saying if they catch him they’ll take him to the dog pound and we’ll have to pay to have him released.

“They suggested that we tie him up, but we’d rather re-home him than take away his freedom.”

A petition has since been started online and at the pub with almost 200 people signing up to say they have never seen Bodger straying on to the road and causing a traffic hazard.

Sally said: “A neighbour who worked for the RSPCA suggested the petition.

“It has only been going a few days, but many neighbours and regulars have all said they’ve never seen him go on to the road.

“He’s a well behaved and friendly dog, and popular with children who visit the pub as well as our boys, Seth six, Jed, four, and Jaz, two, who have never known life without their pet dog.

“We hope to get around 500 signatures to say these accusations are unfounded and allow us to find a sensible solution.”

A council spokesman said its policy was not to comment on individual cases, but it would investigate any reports of a dog straying on to a major road.

The council would be concerned for the animal’s welfare and that of the public, he said.

To sign the petition, visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-bodger-the-pub-dogkingalfred/

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4:31pm Tue 12 Jun 12

bullhorn says...

I am amazed to read this.For a number of years i drank at the King Alfred.Not once did i see Bodger wander on to the main road.
He knew his boundary and always stayed in the car park.
Seem to me that someone is trying to stir up trouble.By using the dog has ammunition.
I am amazed to read this.For a number of years i drank at the King Alfred.Not once did i see Bodger wander on to the main road. He knew his boundary and always stayed in the car park. Seem to me that someone is trying to stir up trouble.By using the dog has ammunition. bullhorn
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12:38am Wed 13 Jun 12

BODGER_FAN says...

Bodger knows his boundaries and never gets into traffic. Someone is trying to create a problem, someone has an axe to grind and it has NOTHING to do with Bodger. He's a great Spaniel and should not be made a pawn in this. Keep on signing the petition! The people who reported Bodger NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED. I know that Bodger has nothing to do with their real complaints, he's just being used. What kind of a cruel, sick person uses a harmless Spaniel as a tool for a vindictive plan? Please, sign the petition and take a deep look into the people who filed the complaints – THEY ARE THE REAL PROBLEM, I promise you that. I know for a fact they have something to hide. DO NOT RE-HOME BODGER! INVESTIGATE THE COMPLAINERS! THEY ARE HIDING SOMETHING, I promise you that.
Bodger knows his boundaries and never gets into traffic. Someone is trying to create a problem, someone has an axe to grind and it has NOTHING to do with Bodger. He's a great Spaniel and should not be made a pawn in this. Keep on signing the petition! The people who reported Bodger NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED. I know that Bodger has nothing to do with their real complaints, he's just being used. What kind of a cruel, sick person uses a harmless Spaniel as a tool for a vindictive plan? Please, sign the petition and take a deep look into the people who filed the complaints – THEY ARE THE REAL PROBLEM, I promise you that. I know for a fact they have something to hide. DO NOT RE-HOME BODGER! INVESTIGATE THE COMPLAINERS! THEY ARE HIDING SOMETHING, I promise you that. BODGER_FAN
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8:57am Wed 13 Jun 12

bullhorn says...

Bodger Fan
I totally agree with your comment.
This is someone who is faceless.Bodger is part and parcel of the pub.Perhaps the persons who have a gripe to bare should speak to landlord/landlady and not make ridculous complaints
Bodger Fan I totally agree with your comment. This is someone who is faceless.Bodger is part and parcel of the pub.Perhaps the persons who have a gripe to bare should speak to landlord/landlady and not make ridculous complaints bullhorn
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