A new space dedicated to dogs inaugurated in Chartres

A Siberian husky, a golden retriever, a staffordshire bull terrier, a malinois, a hungarian shepherd, a creole shepherd, a brittany spaniel, a schipperke, three Manchester terriers and three crossbreeds rubbed shoulders without difficulty, Saturday April 30, 2022, in a canine area of ​​1,000m2, created specifically for them, at 3 rue des Petites Filles Dieu, in Chartres.

Yohan Compper, president of the Chartres Education and Canine Sports association, created in 2019, and made up of forty members, presented a panel of what he offers to allow masters and dogs to live in harmony, in a confined space, or in contact with people and other animals.

It was his members who carried out the demonstrations, while Yohan Compper deciphered the techniques, his Staffie Ike, wisely seated at his feet.

Free, under the eye of the owner

At the end of the demonstrations, Sophie Beurel, municipal councilor in charge of animals in town, spoke about this project: “This space of freedom had been a request from the Chartrains for years. Mayor Jean-Pierre Gorges was in favor because he wants continue to be a pioneer in animal welfare, within the framework of medium-sized cities.”

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This site allows masters to let their dogs loose to run and play with their peers and allow them to socialize. “Under the supervision of their owner”, insists Sophie Beurel.

“I negotiate for a dog”

The mayor of Chartres, Jean-Pierre Gorges, began his speech with humor: “I have always had animals in my family, then also when I created my family. Then there were no more animals. animals. Then a cat moved in. I don’t have a dog. I couldn’t negotiate.”

Then he humorously quoted new and used dogs: “An animal a few months old, new, we can educate it, an animal recovered, older, it has its habits.” Since leading the city of Chartres in 2001, the elected official has noticed a very large presence of pets:

“More than 5,000 dogs! And perhaps as many cats. It was therefore necessary to invest in the animal condition, the animal so close to the family.”

Jean Pierre Gorges (mayor of Chartres)

The next one at Les Perriers

After the many installations of canisites to avoid droppings everywhere, the mayor wanted to continue the transformations of the public space: “We first had to educate the teachers. And the association of Yohan Compper plays a very important role. ” He adds: “This canine space will also allow better cohabitation between residents, in a city that we want to be peaceful.”

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The municipality is considering other spaces reserved for dogs in the districts of the city of Chartres. The Perriers sector should be next on the list.

Thierry Delaunay

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