Owning a pet is a very rewarding experience, but it also comes with responsibilities.
Parkes Shire Council launched the ‘Take The Lead’ Responsible Dog Ownership campaign two years ago to proactively raise awareness about the roles and responsibilities of pet ownership including: ensuring your dog is kept safely within your property; ensuring your dog is effectively controlled in public places; ensuring you pick up after your pet; microchipping, registration and identification; vaccination, worming and desexing; using off-leash areas in Parkes; and Council’s ranger services.
In an effort to educate pet owners of their obligations and encourage them to pick up after their pets, Council installed a number of dispensers with free biodegradable waste bags at key locations throughout Parkes, including the dog park at Kelly Reserve, the off leash area at Spicer Park, and along the walking track at Lions Park and Harrison Oval.
“Our public parks, sporting grounds and recreation spaces should be there for everyone to enjoy safely,” said Parkes Shire Councillor, Cr Bill Jayet. “Dog waste carries disease-causing bacteria and parasites which can stay in the soil for years. By not picking up after your dog, you’re putting other people and animals at risk.”
He said there had been a significant improvement over the last two years, however there were still people not doing the right thing when out walking their dog.
Under the Local Government Act, it is an offence to not immediately remove and properly dispose of dog waste and can incur a penalty infringement notice of $275 where Rangers observe the offence.
It is also an offence to take your dog onto a public area under the control of Council that has signage restricting the access of dogs. This can incur a penalty infringement notice of $110 where Rangers observe the offence.