For­get­ful dog own­ers bagged

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BASSETT

DOG own­ers who fail to pick up af­ter their pets are in the sights of Cottes­loe rangers as Christ­mas and sum­mer hol­i­day crowds flock to the beach.

“If rangers see your dog defe­cat­ing and the owner doesn’t pick it up, we will in the first in­stance use a warn­ing,” ranger Neil Reeves said.

Each year, daily pa­trols by coun­cil staff col­lect about 320,000 full bags of poo from red bins on the beaches, but Mr Reeves said he ex­pected more dog de­posits left in the sand be­cause more peo­ple would be at beaches dur­ing the hol­i­days.

He said those who did not fol­low rangers’ in­struc­tions, or left dog poo re­peat­edly, could be fined $250.

Rangers will con­tinue to pa­trol the beaches through­out sum­mer look­ing for those who use the bags but “for­get” to put them in the red bins on two dog beaches at South and North Cottes­loe.

“Peo­ple should keep their dogs on leashes be­fore get­ting to the sand, so it stops their dogs run­ning ahead into the dunes and do­ing their busi­ness un­seen,” Mr Reeves said.

Pic­ture; Jon Bassett

Put it in the bags and red bins, says Cottes­loe ranger Neil Reeves.

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