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Dog leash-free and control areas review

Wednesday 21 October 2015Toby the dog watches on as Council Ranger, Peter Miles advertises the draft Companion Animals Control Areas Procedure.

A draft procedure for companion animal control areas, including areas where dogs can be off-leash and other areas which prohibit dogs and cats in the Bega Valley Shire, is now on public exhibition for comment until 20 November 2015.

Ranger Services Coordinator, Chris Pearson said Council is keen to hear from all dog and cat owners as there are some proposed changes to the procedure, particularly to the dog off leash and control areas.

“Council’s Companion Animals Policy requires us to regularly review areas suitable to companion animals to be off leash,” he said.

“Dog owners are, however, reminded they are still responsible for the actions of their dogs, even in off leash areas.

“This prevents conflict with people or animals sharing the same space, and needless to say, owners are required to clean up their dog’s droppings.”

“Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when in public places except where a sign says otherwise,” Mr Pearson said.

To read the draft procedure and provide your feedback, visit Council’s website, www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au and go to the ‘Have Your Say’ section.

Alternatively, you can view a hard copy at Council’s main office in Zingel Place, Bega, and at branch libraries.

Have your say caption: Check out proposed changes to new companion animal control areas and tell Council what you think of them before 20 November. Go to www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au and click on ‘Have Your Say’.

Image caption: Toby the dog watches on as Council Ranger, Peter Miles advertises the draft Companion Animals Control Areas Procedure.

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