Parkes Shire Council has renewed calls for pet owners to take the lead and brush up on the requirements and regulations associated with owning an animal.
Originally launched in 2018, the 'Take The Lead' Responsible Dog Ownership campaign aims to proactively raise awareness about the roles and responsibilities of pet ownership including:
- Ensuring your dog is kept safely within your property
- Ensure your dog is effectively controlled in public places
- Ensuring you pick up after your pet
- Microchipping, registration and identification
- Vaccination, worming and de-sexing
- Off-leash areas in Parkes
- Council’s ranger services
The campaign also provided information to assist dog owners better understand their legal responsibilities in relation to pet ownership under the Companion Animals Act.
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.
Parkes Shire Councillor, Cr Bill Jayet said "there has been a significant improvement over the last two years, however there are still people who aren't doing the right thing when out walking their dog in public.”
"Our public parks, sporting grounds and recreation spaces should be there for everyone to enjoy safely. 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."
"Please take advantage of the free bags provided around town or remember to take your own when heading out for a walk with your dog," Cr Jayet added.
Under the Companion Animals 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.
Rangers carry out proactive patrols around Parkes, targeting problem areas.
For more information about responsible pet ownership, head to Council's website or pick up a Take The Lead pocket guide from Council’s Planning & Environment counter.