ON THE LOOSE: Residents have been caught allowing their dogs to run free in council parks.
ON THE LOOSE: Residents have been caught allowing their dogs to run free in council parks. Contributed

Swoops on unleashed dogs to be stepped up

COUNCIL has stepped up early morning patrols at Limestone Park after ongoing complaints of people walking their dog without a lead.

A woman, who walks her dog regularly at Limestone Park, said she could not complete her walk because she feared savage-looking dogs being walked without a lead.

The woman, who asked not to be named, provided photos of three recent instances, two involving staffordshire bull terriers and one involving a german shepherd.

She said the problem was prevalent during November and December and she had made complaints to council about the lack of patrols early in the morning when many people were out using the park for their daily fitness regime.

Health and Community Safety Committee chairman Andrew Antoniolli said council had reports of instances in the Limestone Park area where people and their dogs had been accosted by dogs that were not kept on a lead last year.

"We are routinely patrolling known spots, Limestone Park is one of them," Cr Antoniolli said.

"Patrols have been stepped up. Our officers have been rostered to attend random mornings to address this.

"Dog owners are reminded that when in a public place, their dogs should be kept under effective control through the use of a leash.

"That is for everyone's protection. It is for your own dog's protection from other roaming dogs, it is for protection of the person with the dog as well as protection of other people and their pets in the park."

Cr Antoniolli said complaints were also received in North Booval and Sutton Park.

"It doesn't matter how well trained they are, how happy they are, dogs are to be kept on a lead for the community's safety."



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