Coun­cil signs on to look at dog con­trol rules


Porirua City Coun­cil has in­cluded an au­dit of dog-con­trol signs in its long-term plan.

It is aim­ing to have checked the city’s sig­nage by the end of the year then to have started erect­ing any new signs by next July.

That’s good news for Clarissa Barsanti who has cam­paigned for more en­force­ment of dog con­trol laws.

Her mother, Ju­lia Jas­mine, 66, re­ceived a bro­ken knee and other in­juries when an off-lead dog ran away from its owner and on to a beach in Plim­mer­ton, knock­ing her over.

She had suf­fered from os­teo­poro­sis, a dis­ease that left her bones brit­tle, and died from pneu­mo­nia last De­cem­ber.

‘‘We pay this coun­cil a lot of money in our rates and dog regis­tra­tion fees to en­sure our pub­lic ar­eas are safe with re­gard to dogs, so it is good to hear that some­thing pos­i­tive is be­ing done.

‘‘Hope­fully the new dog-con­trol signs will in­clude the dog con­trol phone num­ber so peo­ple know how to pro­vide this in­tel and how to get help if re­quired.

‘‘In the mean time, I will en­cour­age peo­ple to pro­vide the in­tel the coun­cil needs to di­rect dog-con­trol of­fi­cers to the lo­ca­tions dur­ing times where peo­ple still re­quire some ed­u­ca­tion.’’

As a gen­eral rule, dogs must be on-lead in all pub­lic places in Porirua, un­less there is a sign mak­ing an ex­cep­tion.

Coun­cil spokesman James Jef­fer­son said along with aim­ing to start put­ting up new signs by July, the coun­cil would also in­clude fund­ing for a dog park in the draft Long Term Plan 2018-2028.

‘‘The community will have the op­por­tu­nity to con­sider this project along­side a range of oth­ers and have their say on this ini­tia­tive.’’

Clarissa Barsanti wants more en­force­ment of dog con­trol laws.

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