KEEP LOVE OF DOGS ON LEASH
DOGS may be the centre of some people’s lives, but dog owners should not be the centre of the universe. Those who attended the Mosman Park dog control forum must consider their responsibilities to the nondog owning public. Parks, foreshores, reserves and walkways are used by all, whether a child cyclist learning with training wheels, an elderly person taking a stroll for peace and quiet, a fisherman or jogger.
As Perth gets more crowded, public areas get used for more activities and to have dogs and their owners dominate rules for that common land could be unfair to all.
If dog owners want a continuous walk there are the dog beaches, where not picking up their animals’ poo or leaving the full plastic poo bags to rustle in the wind is a crime worthy of the pillory.
Mosman Park councillors also need to consider others’ use of public places when making rules for dogs. Jon Bassett, Reporter