Market dog ban proposed
Berrigan Shire Council expects a dog fight after deciding to investigate banning pet pooches from the Tocumwal Foreshore Markets, but says community safety must take precedence.
At its meeting last week, council was forced to consider several formal complaints about dogs at the market.
Ranging from leash issues, to food handling requirements and potential occupational health and safety and danger risks, councillors agreed a blanket ban on pets at the market may be the most appropriate option.
It will put the proposal on public exhibition, inviting comment from the community.
In a report to council, shire development manager Laurie Stevens said most pet owners attending the busy market were abiding with Companion Animals Act 1998 requirements that dogs be leashed at all times in public.
But he said regular marketgoers raised associated concerns, saying that long leads cause hazards like tripping.
He said the safety of all market patrons was paramount in putting a ban recommendation to council.
‘‘There are also concerns that young children may suffer injuries inadvertently due to being unaware of the dangers posed by some animals,’’ Mr Stevens said.
‘‘In addition there are a number of food stalls where the proximity of animals has the potential to create health issues.’’
Councillor Matt Hannan said while he understands dog owners may be disappointed by council’s proposal, they are not being left out of community activities altogether.
‘‘People should just take their dogs to (Finley dog event) REXPO in November,’’ he said.
Millie Harris said while she would love to take her beloved pet Sandor, a Great Dane, to public events, she said she understands council’s position. ‘‘It is a sensible idea,’’ she said. ‘‘Considering people can’t assume a temperament of a dog, I think it’s best they stay at home. Not to mention the (mess) dogs leave about.
‘‘I also wouldn’t like to be an owner of a dog who does uncharacteristically bite a child.’’
Councils dog ban proposal will be on public exhibition until September 4. Submissions must be addressed to the general manager or[email protected] berriganshire.nsw.gov.au.
Millie Harris, pictured with her Great Dane Sandor, thinks banning dogs from the Tocumwal Foreshore Market is a sensible move.