News

Owner fined $220 for his seeing-eye dog being off-leash

FANCY FREE: Visually impaired Ipswich resident Kelvin Steinhardt is warning others to be aware of dog laws after he was fined for having his seeing-eye dog off-leash at the Ipswich Club.
FANCY FREE: Visually impaired Ipswich resident Kelvin Steinhardt is warning others to be aware of dog laws after he was fined for having his seeing-eye dog off-leash at the Ipswich Club. Rob Williams

WHEN his guide dog Mickey is not by his side, visually impaired Ipswich resident Kelvin Steinhardt can find himself in trouble.

In trouble with the law that is.

The 52-year-old father was recently fined $220 for leaving his furry companion unattended and unrestrained in the front yard of The Ipswich Club.

"I was helping my wife stack some chairs after an event had finished at the club," Mr Steinhardt said.

"During that time, Mickey wandered into the yard, which is unfenced, and was spotted by an officer from the pound."

A few weeks later an infringement notice appeared in Mr Steinhardt's mailbox for not having his animal under "effective control" in a public space.

Until then, Mr Steinhardt said he was unaware any laws had been violated and pleaded his case to the council.

In this particular instance both Mayor Paul Pisasale and Health and Community Safety Committee chairperson councillor Andrew Antoniolli asked for a review of the fine.

WHAT'S HOT ONLINE TODAY

Allison Baden-Clay's family: This is justice

11-year-old sees off robber attempting to steal Playstation

Over-zealous parking officers won't back off

From fruit seller to Ipswich's $690 million man

Dangerous driving sees backpacker thrown from back of ute

Teen burns himself in failed "insurance job"

Qld invention to find your pet turns into global success

The review is now in progress.

But Cr Antoniolli said it was important that all dog owners in Ipswich understood the laws regarding unrestrained pets.

Cr Antoniolli said the laws were designed to protect the community and ensured dogs did not create a nuisance or a danger to the public.

He said any unrestrained dog was a potential danger or alarm to people, traffic and other animals.

"That's why all dogs must be under their owner's control when in a public place," he said.

"'Effective control' includes walking a dog on a lead...this applies to service dogs and pets alike."

Cr Antoniolli said dog owners who exercised common sense and kept their pets confined to their homes or leashed in public had no reason for concern about falling foul of any laws.

He said the only off-leash exception was when dogs were within designated dog off-leash park areas.

Mr Steinhardt said he had learned a valuable lesson and hoped other dog owners learned from his experience.

Topics:  off-leash



Ipswich train users 'packed in like sardines'

Rail Back on Track's Robert Dow says Ipswich has been 'bashed around' by Queensland Rail in recent months.

Locals not happy with Queensland Rail's reduced services.

'Nardya will not be going home'

On Wednesday the 25-year-old was given a week to live

Yamanto highway project the number one priority, report

The Building Queensland Board's Infrastructure Pipeline report released this month lists the $340 million Yamanto interchange at the top of the list which includes 20 building projects across the state.

Report suggests Cunningham Hwy works among most important projects

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


Big flicks could soon be seen at major shopping centre

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: The Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre have lodged an application with the Brisbane City Council to build a new cinema and entertainment precinct.

New entertainment and dining options have residents excited.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

9 things to do this weekend

IT'S ON: Help raise funds for cancer research this weekend at the Ipswich Turf Club. The Shearer Tackles Cancer pig races will still be conducted in the Beer Garden from 12pm.

From music and markets to hiking and swimming, Ipswich has it all

50 Shades actress on why she hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

WARNING: Builders, clean up "unsightly sites"

Councillor Ireland at a messy building site.

Failure to do so could see builders slapped with fines.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!