Dogfight over dog beaches
LOCAL governments have issued advice to dog owners in a bid to curb the number of attacks at off-lead beaches this summer.
The report follows Facebook posts within community groups where people have shared stories of their dogs being attacked on beaches.
The City of Rockingham reported 12 dog fights in 2017 and eight the following year.
Fremantle reported eight dog fights in 2018 and six in 2017, with October to April being a peak period.
The City of Cockburn had six reported attacks in 2018 and seven in 2017.
City of Cockburn rangers and community safety manager Michael Emery said warmer weather was a factor in the frequency of incidents.
City of Joondalup acting chief executive Dale Page said over the past two years dog fights at off-lead beaches had decreased in the area from eight in 2017 to six in 2018.
“Joondalup is home to one of the largest dog populations per local government area in Australia and the ongoing education of owners is crucial when it comes to reducing the potential of conflict between dogs and other animals and people,” she said.
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said three attacks on dog beaches were recorded in 2017 with six in 2018.
Daily beach dog walker Jane Crawford said the summer holiday period was worst for incidents.
“Every Tom, Dick and Harry who has had their dog locked up while at work for the rest of the year comes down to the beach in the holidays and their dogs aren’t socialised,” she said.
Local governments have issued advice to dog owners to prevent attacks on beaches this summer.