An important part of dog ownership is providing exercise in the fresh air for your furry friend and the community are advised to keep them on a lead when they do so. Forbes Shire Mayor, Phyllis Miller is delighted to see so many people walking their dogs around the beautiful Lake Forbes pathways.
“It is wonderful to see so many people exercising with their pets around our beautiful town, especially on our very popular walking paths around the Lake,” says Forbes Shire Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM. “It’s great for our own health as well as for the dogs, but we need to be mindful of other people and keep our dogs on a lead, at all times.
“You might see your dog as friendly, but to other people, being approached by a strange dog can be frightening and sometimes dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.
“We know unrestrained dogs are more likely to get involved in tricky situations. Help keep our public spaces safe for everyone and keep your dog on a lead.”
Council rangers have heard from the community about the number of dogs unleashed in many of the shared public areas in Forbes. The Companion Animals Act 1998 state dogs must be on a leash and no greater than two metres in length. The fines for not having a dog under control in a public place is $330. Other responsibilities of pet owners includes cleaning up after their dog. All dog owners are required to clean up after their pets if they defecate in a public place or you will be fined $275.
“We much prefer to educate our community rather than issue fines,” continues Mayor Miller. “But if we have to get tough, we will! The community can pick up free biodegradable waste bags from Council’s reception. Grab a roll and carry it with you when you take your dog for a walk.”
It is recommended early socialising of dogs with people and other animals to adjust them to being in public. For more information regarding responsible animal ownership please visit www.forbes.nsw.gov.au/residents/animals.