Warn­ing to ir­re­spon­si­ble pet own­ers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil lead­ers have re­minded res­i­dents that they might be is­sued with an on-the-spot fine if they fail to re­move and ap­pro­pri­ately dis­pose of their dog poo when in a pub­lic place.

The coun­cil’s lo­cal laws re­quire a per­son in charge of a dog that defe­cates in a pub­lic place to im­me­di­ately re­move the fae­ces and de­posit them as lit­ter in a law­ful man­ner.

They must also have in their pos­ses­sion the means to col­lect and dis­pose of their dog’s drop­pings.

Plan­ning and eco­nomic di­rec­tor An­gela Mur­phy said while most peo­ple were do­ing the right thing, there had been a re­cent in­crease in dog fae­ces on na­ture strips, foot­paths, parks and other pub­lic places.

“It is very un­pleas­ant and dog own­ers need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity,” she said.

If a dog defe­cates in a pub­lic place and the per­son in charge does not im­me­di­ately re­move and dis­pose of the fae­ces, they face an on-the-spot fine of $118.50. Peo­ple not car­ry­ing a col­lec­tion bag might be is­sued with a $39.50 fine.

Ms Mur­phy said that there were sev­eral bins with bag dis­pensers around Hor­sham, par­tic­u­larly near dog off-leash ar­eas.

“We rec­om­mend peo­ple carry two bags at all times so that they can demon­strate they have the means to col­lect drop­pings,” she said.

“If you don’t have pock­ets, you might con­sider ty­ing them to the lead. Please re­spect oth­ers and abide by the rules.

“If you don’t pick up your dog’s fae­ces, you are es­sen­tially lit­ter­ing and there will be con­se­quences.”

Ms Mur­phy re­minded peo­ple that while Hor­sham is an on-lead city, there were sev­eral of­fleash ar­eas.

She said as in other pub­lic spa­ces, peo­ple were re­quired to re­move and ap­pro­pri­ately dis­pose of their dog fae­ces in off-leash ar­eas.

Peo­ple can visit www.hrcc.vic.gov.au for a com­mu­nity map show­ing off-leash ar­eas.

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