It’s the leashed you can do…

Published on 05 September 2018

Man walking a dog on a leash

Council urges all animal owners to ensure they are acting responsibly with their animals.

“When the warmer weather comes, we see more people out enjoying reserves, ovals and parks with their animals. This is great, but people need to remember their responsibilities around their animals,” Animal Management Coordinator, Sheree Curwen said.

“Dogs need to remain on a leash unless you are in a designated off-lead area. At all times, dogs need to be under the effective control of a competent individual. We regularly hear from dog owners that they ‘trust their dog’ and ‘he always comes to my call’, however that excuse won’t wash and dogs must be on a leash, for the safety of your own dog and the safety of others in the area.

“There are off-leash areas around the local government area where dogs can be exercised without their leads. Dogs must be kept on a leash on shared paths, footpaths and ovals for the safety and comfort of the general community.”

“Another responsibility that dog-owners need to be aware of is when their dogs are left at home. Owners are responsible to ensure that dogs cannot escape their property. Fines apply for dogs that are found roaming.”

Council’s Animal Management Officers conduct patrols across the local government area and will be increasing patrols as the weather warms up and people and their dogs become more active.

It is a requirement under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 that all cats and dogs must be registered by six months of age and microchipped by 12 weeks of age. Desexing your cat or dog is also recommended and discounted registration fees apply to desexed animals. Owners must take all reasonable precautions to prevent their dog/s from escaping their property.