Coun­cil dog re­minder

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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.

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