Com­ment on dog leash law

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

A PARKERVILLE res­i­dent who broke her hip after a dog knocked her over is call­ing for dogs to be kept on a leash at all times along the Rail­way Re­serve Her­itage Trail.

De­bate sur­round­ing whether dogs should be al­lowed to walk off leash along the 60km trail is con­tin­u­ing, with the pub­lic be­ing asked to com­ment on a plan that would limit the hours a dog can be walked off- leash.

Un­der the pro­posal, dogs would be legally re­quired to be on a leash be­tween 10am and 4pm and would be able to be walked off- leash be­tween 4pm and 10am.

Linda Pater­son said for the safety of res­i­dents, dogs should be kept on a leash at all times along the trail.

“Early on Easter Sun­day morn­ing I was walk­ing my two dogs near Parkerville Pri­mary School when a great dane, off its lead, came bound­ing over,” she said.

“Its owner was far away and seemed obliv­i­ous to what the dog was do­ing.

“I was try­ing to walk away but in their ex­cite­ment my dogs’ leads got tan­gled round my legs and I got pulled over.”

Mrs Pater­son said she fell heav­ily and broke her left hip.

“I have had to have hip re­place­ment surgery at the age of 51. I now have months of re­cu­per­a­tion to go through, plus loss of earn­ings,” she said.

“I im­plore all dog own­ers to keep dogs on a leash at all times. I do not wish any­one to go through the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence I have been through.

“No owner sets out to cause in­jury or wrong­do­ing but my ac­ci­dent could eas­ily have been avoided; as dog own­ers we need to be re­spon­si­ble.”

Shire of Mun­dar­ing coun- cil­lors reached a de­ci­sion on the lo­ca­tion of ap­proved dog ex­er­cise ar­eas and also where they are pro­hib­ited at its coun­cil meet­ing on September 12.

Shire Pres­i­dent David Lavell said the orig­i­nal pro­posal to iden­tify suit­able dog ex­er­cise ar­eas was put to coun­cil ear­lier this year to give the com­mu­nity fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion around where dogs could and couldn’t be ex­er­cised.

“A dog ex­er­cise area is a lo- cation where a dog can be ex­er­cised off- leash by some­one who is ca­pa­ble of con­trol­ling the dog,” he said.

The Shire will seek fur­ther pub­lic com­ment on whether Mun­dar­ing Arena Oval should be a dog ex­er­cise area, as well as Lot 100 Hardey Road in Glen For­rest and two blocks on Chartwell Way in Swan View.

See the list of ap­proved and pro­hib­ited dog ex­er­cise ar­eas at www. mun­dar­ing. wa. gov. au.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d474494

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