New rule has dog owners bark­ing mad

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT -

A change of rules at One­hunga Bay pro­voked an out­pour­ing of com­ments on the Kapi-Mana News Neigh­bourly page.

Dogs must now be leashed in the car park and pic­nic area of the beach in Whi­tireia Park, but can still run free across the rest of the area - as long as they are un­der their owner’s con­trol.

Most peo­ple were un­happy their dogs free­dom would be cur­tailed and were wor­ried it was a sign of fur­ther changes to come.

MARY QUIN FROM TI­TAHI BAY

‘‘One of the rea­sons I chose to buy a home in Ti­tahi Bay, not Welling­ton, three years ago was the ac­cess to off-leash ar­eas.

‘‘I’m con­cerned this is a step to­wards re­strict­ing other ar­eas of Whi­tireia Park as well. We re­spon­si­ble dog owners need to start be­ing more proac­tive to pro­tect the few off-leash ar­eas left in the Welling­ton re­gion. On-leash walks sim­ply aren’t ad­e­quate ex­er­cise for most dog breeds.’’

DARRYLL COXALL FROM TI­TAHI BAY

Dogs with re­li­able owners should be able to be un­der con­trol with­out a leash.

You will find most dogs won’t an­noy the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple un­less en­cour­aged.

‘‘Also non-dog owners should be en­cour­aged to teach their chil­dren not to throw ob­jects at dogs and laugh, these peo­ple would be the first to whinge if one of their chil­dren was bit­ten by a con­fused dog.’’

GLENN MISCALL FROM JUDGEFORD - PAU­ATA­HANUI

‘‘As a re­spon­si­ble dog owner I feel we are get­ting ab­so­lutely ripped off with the reg­is­tra­tion fees.

‘‘More ar­eas are get­ting taken away from us, with nothing to re­place them with.

‘‘We live ru­rally so don’t re­ally need ex­er­cise ar­eas, but our lab used to love com­ing with us in the sum­mer months to the beach next to Pare­mata bridge for fish and chips and a swim, but two or three years ago it be­came a no-dog beach.’’

Kirsty Chan­dler from Ti­tahi Bay

There’s nowhere in Porirua you can take your dog for a swim and free play off lead.

All be­cause some one else wrecked it for the rest of us, most prob­a­bly with an un­reg­is­tered dog too.

Which comes back to the point of reg­is­tered owners spend­ing a for­tune ev­ery year on fees that, feels to me, like we are fund­ing the coun­cil/pound to at­tend to, dis­pose of and house un­reg­is­tered dogs.

I would like to see a dog park or some­thing sim­i­lar to that in Gre­nada North where we can run dogs off leads and have ac­ces­si­ble bins for poo dis­posal if they are go­ing to la­bel other places as ‘‘on a leash’’ ar­eas.

GLENN BROWN FROM AS­COT PARK

Dogs should be al­lowed in pic­nic ar­eas if reg­is­tered and are good fam­ily dogs.

And dogs are like us, they like to swim too so they should have that free­dom to go on the beach if the owner is within voice con­trol and sight dis­tance.

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New dog rules at One­hunga Bay have got some owners bark­ing mad.

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