Gosnells relaxes dog rules
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.