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Victory for the owl man

Further to the post below on Russell Burt blamelessly taking tame owls for a walk the Council leader in Plymouth, Cllr Vivien Pengelly posted a comment. It was a very good comment. She didn't blame her officers - although, of course, she could hardly have been consulted about the matter before hand. However she did make the crucial point that Mr Burt has only been given advice - "an informal chat." They did "not think he was breaking any type of law by taking his owl for a walk."

To conclude, Mr Burt has not been banned from anything and we would not consider it appropriate to do so.

This afternoon I rung Mr Burt. He had been under the impression that he had been banned but was delighted by the clarification.

He told me:

I am very pleased. I will start walking my owls to the park again on Monday. It is fine for the Council to give advice but I think I know more about the welfare of my owls than the Council's Dog Warden does.

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