Gos­nells re­laxes dog rules

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News - Ben Smith

THE City of Gos­nells has ap­proved a Thorn­lie res­i­dent’s ap­pli­ca­tion to keep three dogs, con­tra­ven­ing its own two-dog pol­icy.

Coun­cil­lors passed a mo­tion al­low­ing the ap­pli­cant to keep two pa­pil­lions and one bull­mas­tiff cross­breed at their res­i­dence on Cam­borne Way.

It was one of two three­dog ap­pli­ca­tions the coun­cil ap­proved on the night, with a Lang­ford cou­ple also granted per­mis­sion.

The City’s dogs lo­cal law 2011 lim­its the num­ber of dogs kept at a prop­erty out­side a ken­nel zone to two, but ap­proval for three dogs can be granted in ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances.

The Lang­ford ap­pli­ca­tion was granted as one of their dogs was not ex­pected to live much longer due to ill health and the res­i­dents had just nursed a res­cued, three-month-old bor­der col­lie back to health.

The coun­cil re­port had rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion be re­fused as there were no ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances which sup­ported the re­quest.

How­ever, Deputy Mayor Ter­resa Lynes put for­ward a fore­shad­owed mo­tion for the coun­cil to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion.

She ar­gued it would be dif­fi­cult to find a new home for the bull­mas­tiff cross and the ap­pli­cants had al­ready had the dog for a year.

The ap­pli­cant had pur­chased the bull­mas­tiff cross for home se­cu­rity after she had been the vic­tim of a break-in while she and her grand­son slept at her pre­vi­ous res­i­dence in Bun­bury.

How­ever, coun­cil­lor Ol­wen Searle ve­he­mently op­posed the ap­proval and warned it would open the flood­gates for fu­ture three­dog ap­pli­ca­tions.

She said she be­lieved for ev­ery three dogs the coun­cil ap­proved, they would re­ceive an­other two ap­pli­ca­tions.

Her thoughts were echoed by coun­cil­lor Ron Mitchell, who said the City had a two-dog pol­icy for a rea­son and told coun­cil­lors they did re­alise what they had done by grant­ing ap­proval.

Cr Lynes’ fore­shad­owed mo­tion even­tu­ally passed 64, with coun­cil­lors Searle, Mitchell, David Goode and Dave Grif­fiths all vot­ing to re­ject the ap­pli­ca­tion.

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