With summertime well and truly upon us and people heading to
the beaches, now is an opportune time to remind dog owners of the laws that
keep the community and their pets safe when in public places.
Coffs Harbour City Council receives numerous calls in
relation to dog complaints each year, with many being about dogs roaming
unleashed in public places, in places where dogs are prohibited, and dogs
defecating, of which on the spot fines can be issued for each offence.
Council Rangers recently conducted a blitz on beaches and in
areas that are frequently the location of complaints. These active patrols
prompted Council to issue a reminder to pet owners about their responsibilities
when in public places.
Melissa Bouboulas, Acting Section Leader Compliance
Regulatory Enforcement, said that generally compliance officers have seen an
improvement in pet owners following the rules however there were some areas for
“A common misconception is that if there is no sign saying
dogs must be on lead, it is alright for them to be unleashed, however the
Companion Animals Act clearly states that a dog in any public place must
be leashed and under effective control, unless in a designated leash free area.
It is also the responsibility of the owner to clean up after pets in a public
place, rather than leaving ‘doggy land mines’ for the unsuspecting public,” she
Council will continue with proactive patrols over the summer
period to encourage and reinforce the need to comply with current legislation
relating to dogs.
Information relating to dogs and any beach restrictions can
be located on Council’s website under ‘Community’, at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au, or
by contacting Council’s Customer Resolution Officers on 6648 4000. Council also
has free pocket size reference cards available to assist dog owners to be
familiar with the rules.