Free dog poo bag trial at lake park

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Stum­bling upon a pile of dog poo while walk­ing around or hav­ing a pic­nic at Toko­roa’s Lake Moananui is never fun.

It’s hoped that will be a thing of the past now that a free trial dog poo bag dis­penser has been in­stalled along the path near the Marae­tai Rd en­trance to the park.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil Dog Con­trol Pol­icy re­quires the owner of any dog that defe­cates in a pub­lic place or land or premises other than that oc­cu­pied by the owner to im­me­di­ately re­move the fae­ces.

If this is not ad­hered to, Sec­tion 68 of the Dog Con­trol Act al­lows lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to is­sue in­fringe­ment no­tices.

While there are many re­spon­si­ble own­ers who bring plas­tic bags to the park, others don’t.

South Waikato District Coun­cil group man­ager reg­u­la­tory Sharon Robin­son said she was pleased to an­nounce a dis­penser had been in­stalled by the lake dur­ing the coun­cil’s meet­ing on Thurs­day.

She said it had been put in place by the com­pany at no cost to the coun­cil dur­ing the trial .

‘‘There are about one thou­sand bags in the dis­penser and if it is suc­cess­ful we will bring it back to the coun­cil but we don’t yet have a bud­get or know the cost to in­stall or plan of where they will be in­stalled,’’ she said.

Toko­roa’s free dog poo bag dis­penser.

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