Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

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

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