Territory and Municipal Services have announced they’re going to be handing out fines to dog owners:
Dog owners can practise responsible pet ownership by undertaking to register their dog, carry equipment suitable for the hygienic disposal of dog droppings and restraining dogs on a lead when in a public place that is not a designated off-lead area.
Mr Dinan said that warnings and fines would be issued throughout the program to dog owners found to be doing the wrong thing. Under the Domestic Animals Act 2000 infringements could be issued for offences such as:
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— Keeping an unregistered dog $150
— Dog not on a leash in a public place $150
— Keeping dog not de-sexed without a permit $75
— Registered dog not wearing registration tag in a public place $75
— Not carrying equipment for removal of dog faeces $50
I can envisage a lot less walkies going on around town over the next week or so.