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Unleashed dogs prompt town wide enforcement

Published: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at 4:45:00 PM

From tomorrow, Town of Port Hedland Rangers will be issuing $200 on-the-spot fines to individuals caught with unleashed dogs in public spaces.

The only lawful areas for off-leash dogs are the Spoilbank, accessible via Sutherland Street, and the Canine Club, accessible via McGregor Street. 

This decision follows an increased number of off-leash dogs in public spaces, causing negative impacts on Town Rangers and the community.

Off-leash dogs are a greater threat to other dogs and members of the public, threaten wildlife and in some cases lead to serious physical injury.

Last financial year, the Town recorded 76 dog attacks. It is estimated that as many as 250 dog attacks occurred which were not reported.

Hon. Commissioner Fred Riebeling said the safety of local residents and all dogs was a top priority.

“Following incidents of verbal abuse directed at our rangers issuing warnings, we have decided to commit to enforcing the law on the spot.

“The Dog Act 1976 states that dogs must be held on a leash not exceeding two metres in length in all public spaces unless otherwise stated.

“Unleashed dogs can rush up to a person or other dog and cause serious physical injury, and pose a threat to our local wildlife.

“Particularly during turtle season on Cemetery Beach, we need to make sure hatchlings are not disturbed by unleashed dogs.

“I acknowledge the lack of an unleashed dog park in South Hedland is an inconvenience, however we have incorporated this feature into the masterplan for the South Hedland Integrated Sport Complex, unveiled earlier in the year.

“To not be infringed $200, I urge all dog owners to always have their dog on a leash and ensure your property is securely fenced to keep dogs contained.”

For more information, please contact 08 9158 9300.

 

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