Fingal Dog Owners’ Group (DOG) will hold a peaceful protest walk in Malahide this Saturday, January 5 as it ramps up its campaign against new byelaws.

Representatives of the action group met with council officials in mid-December to discuss what it describes as “stringent” byelaws which only permit dogs to be walked off-leash in designated areas.

The issue came to a head shortly before Christmas when fencing was erected in the public park at the Ward River Valley in Swords.

DOG spokesperson Ciara Deery told Dublin Gazette: “We are gaining support due to the awful eyesore and waste of money the council has put into the dog pens at Ward River Valley Park.

“We will be holding a fun walk through the village and invite as many participants as possible and ask that they bring hi-vis jackets, if possible.” The walk will start from the green opposite Starbucks at 11am.