Alliance activist Lauren, who has been selected as a candidate for the Carrick Castle District Electoral Area in May’s local government election, said the opt-in scheme would make premises across Mid and East Antrim easily identifiable for owners and their dogs.
“Being a dog owner myself, I know dog owners are one of the most active groups in our community and I want to help businesses do everything they can to encourage them to use their premises. Dog friendly businesses have been a success in other areas and I want our borough to have that same welcoming atmosphere,” she said.
“Owners often want to take their dogs with them into bars and coffee shops, but previously it wasn’t clear where they were and weren’t welcome. The idea is this will change things for the better by making it obvious where dogs are allowed with a badge scheme, opening up more venues across Mid and East Antrim for dogs and their owners.