FROM the Archive this week feature an Edwardian photograph of the Parade, in Barry,with children and young people.

One of the little girls is holding a small dog, no doubt a cherished pet.

Barry's relationship with our canine friends has sometimes been a challenge.

Observations in the newspapers in 1890 complained of packs of dogs roaming the streets of the town, sneaking in the pantry at the back of houses to steal a steak or chop or even a loaf of bread.

The dogs were so bold the local butcher was also a target for their pilfering.

In 1891 a letter to the papers begged for volunteers to help run a Dog Exchange and Home (which might include cats later on).

By 1893 visitors to Barry compared the town with Constantinople due to the large number of dogs wandering around so I guess the Barry Dog Exchange didn't take off.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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