Council dog reminder
Murrumbidgee Council is reminding residents that dogs are only to be let off their leash in certain areas.
There are designated ‘off leash’ areas available in each of the three communities within Murrumbidgee Council.
In Darlington Point the town common area at the end of King St is the designated area, in Coleambally it is at the western end of Kookaburra Ave (forest area), and in Jerilderie around Lake Jerilderie from Bundoora Ave to the playground area.
Council general manager Craig Moffitt urged the community to abide by the rules and show common courtesy, with dog owners asked to take the time to clean up if necessary.
“We want to support dog owners to exercise and socialise their pets responsibly as well as allow our park areas to be used by everyone,” he said.
“Dog owners are reminded of their obligations to pick up after their dogs, and to ensure that dogs are on a leash outside their property, except in off-leash areas.”
Hefty fines apply under the Companion Animals Act, 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation, 2008, as detailed:
Fail to remove dog faeces - $275; dog not on a lead/dog not under effective control - $220; own or in charge of attacking dog - $550 (dogs not restricted or classed dangerous); dog in prohibited place - $330.
A dog off leash, attacking other animals and people, can result in serious offence charges dealt with in court.