Friday 26 February 2016
Bega Valley Shire Council rangers recently stepped up patrols to regulate offences under the Companion Animals Act for dogs not under effective control by means of a cord or leash in hot spot areas and in response to concerns from members of the public.
Senior ranger Chris Pearson said there has been concern about dogs off-leash at Kianinny Bay in Tathra recently prompting media interest and discussion among local residents and dog owners in the Shire.
“On Saturday 13 February a swimmer was bitten and injured by a dog at Kianinny. The dog was off-leash and unsupervised at the time,” Mr Pearson said.
He reminded dog owners that all dogs must be under effective control in a public place, unless the area is a designated off-leash-area. Public areas do not have to be sign posted to advise dog owners that dogs are required to be under effective control which is a common misconception by dog owners.
“Our rangers have seen an increase in dog-related incidents relating to dogs being off-leash or escaping the confines of their property,” he said.
“Understandably, Kianinny Bay makes for a great swimming spot enjoyed by many.
“However, Kianinny is not a leash- free area and no person should feel unsafe where dogs are not under effective control or unsupervised,” Mr Pearson said.