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Watch out for the dog crackdown

By johnboy 8 February 2011 50

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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:

— 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.


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dvaey 10:43 am 11 Feb 11

Feathergirl said :

How do the police know if a female dog is de-sexed?

Officer: Is your dog de-sexed?
Shazza: Err, yeah.
Officer: Carry on.

Pretty sure all dogs that are desexed are given a tattoo in their left ear, to indicate that theyre desexed. Its possibly also checking for registration tags. If your dog isnt registered, you get hit once for being unregistered and also for not being desexed without permit.

Lefty said :

I reported her actions to Dog Control, who came out and sorted her and her dog out.

Funny, when my mate got bitten by the neighbours dog, after spending a day in hospital getting patched up and then reporting to DAS and the police, the lady was issued with a stern warning about her dog and my friends dog who tried to protect his owner (and property, as the other dog came into his backyard), my friends dog was taken away and destroyed because it was deemed ‘aggressive’, but the dog that actually attacked (both humans and other dogs) was allowed to remain. A few months later when the same dog attacked again (killing a second dog but no humans were bitten this time), DAS and police came out again to talk to the lady, and again nothing was done. A few months after that, her dog managed to break his way out of a colorbond fence (we’re talking a 40kg+ german shepperd), the dogs owner called ACT housing to complain about the insufficient fence. The lesson learned here? If you have any problems with police and domestic animal services, ask an elderly relative/friend to come over and they wont touch you (or your dog). The final outcome of this now, is that my mate wont allow his kids to play in their own backyard again, incase the neighbours dog breaks through the fence, as it’s simply too risky)

Holden Caulfield 10:13 am 11 Feb 11

Lin said :

“cant be achieved with a long leash?”

Oh, the cyclists would love that so much better!

I never could grasp why so many people think it’s perfectly ok for any animal to be tethered all the time. Sure they can run free in the backyard and the house, but that’s way too small a territory for any dog.

All they want to do is to go sniff around, mark their territory, have a good run to get rid of some energy and if possible socialise with other dogs. I find the whole leash thing similar to putting a human on a leash when they go to a party. Might be a turn on for some, but most of us would hate to be told who we can talk to and who not.

I believe that if you give a dog the freedom to make their own decisions – within very clearly defined boundaries to ensure their safety and that of the other creatures around them – you greatly increase their quality of life. You get happier dogs who are less likely to try escape their backyard, bark incessantly out of boredom or be aggressive.

Anywho…

It would be nice if owners would bother to attempt to stop their dogs marking their territory on my bloody hedge though!

Even if I’m out in the garden most owners don’t even look twice when their dog is pissing on my plants.

I don’t care if the dog is on a leash or not, assuming it’s well trained at least, I just wish owners would show more respect for other people’s property. I’m sure they would object if I rocked up to their house and did number ones out the front wherever I felt like.

DBCooper 2:52 am 11 Feb 11

Tooks said :

DBCooper said :

WTF is an unregistered dog? lol

Australia is such a F***ing Nanny State!

Tough on fining people who have” a not desexed dog without a permit” but handles serious criminals with kid gloves.

due to the high number of imbeciles in society, such regulation is necessary. I’d go as far as to say most dog owners shouldn’t be dog owners.

People should control their dogs. When I had dogs they would always be on a leash in public. As far as im concerned dogs who bite people unprovoked should be put down like Charlie Brown.

But these bullsh*t nanny laws stipulating a $75 fine for individuals who don’t have a permit allowing ? them the opportunity to not cut their dogs balls off.???….. It’s a bit much.

“due to the high number of imbeciles in government, such regulation is necessary. “

Tooks 8:13 pm 09 Feb 11

DBCooper said :

WTF is an unregistered dog? lol

Australia is such a F***ing Nanny State!

Tough on fining people who have” a not desexed dog without a permit” but handles serious criminals with kid gloves.

That would be a dog that is unregistered. Unfortunately, due to the high number of imbeciles in society, such regulation is necessary. I’d go as far as to say most dog owners shouldn’t be dog owners.

iceu 5:32 pm 09 Feb 11

I have no problem with the ‘crackdown’. I always carry poo bags, have my dogs on leash in on leash areas, both of mine are desexed, they wear their tags in public and are registered.

But this goes both ways. I’m respectful towards non-doggie people and non-doggie people need to respect that I have dogs and will exercise them and train them in public, for their wellbeing.

I do walk them in designated off leash areas, off leash. Sometimes even on the path beside me. Never close to roads. Even the local school oval is a dog off leash area outside of school times. People give me dirty looks quite often when I have my dogs off leash, in an off leash area. What’s with that? Perhaps big “DOG OFF LEASH” signs would be handy, as would “DOGS ON LEASH” signs. I keep my dogs away from people even though lots come and pat my dogs without asking. Mine have been through many sessions of obedience and one is trained to obedience trialling level, but they still sometimes ‘take me for a walk’ or get excited when we see another dog or person. They’re dogs and are not perfect! Respect and tolerance is what is needed on both sides.

DBCooper 5:31 pm 09 Feb 11

WTF is an unregistered dog? lol

Australia is such a F***ing Nanny State!

Tough on fining people who have” a not desexed dog without a permit” but handles serious criminals with kid gloves.

D2 12:42 pm 09 Feb 11

Electroshock collars, with everyone having an activation device with a low-powered laser sight. Just point the laser at the offender, press the button, and zap them with 1,000 Volts.

Might work on their dogs, too.

Davo111 12:08 pm 09 Feb 11

Lin said :

…(words)…

If the dog is on a long leash, you’re able to control it if required (i.e. when it dashes towards a cyclist or kid). You can have slack in a leash, the dog can do what it likes, you can follow it around, and in an “urgent situation” you have the capacity to restrict its movement.

Lin 11:23 am 09 Feb 11

“cant be achieved with a long leash?”

Oh, the cyclists would love that so much better!

I never could grasp why so many people think it’s perfectly ok for any animal to be tethered all the time. Sure they can run free in the backyard and the house, but that’s way too small a territory for any dog.

All they want to do is to go sniff around, mark their territory, have a good run to get rid of some energy and if possible socialise with other dogs. I find the whole leash thing similar to putting a human on a leash when they go to a party. Might be a turn on for some, but most of us would hate to be told who we can talk to and who not.

I believe that if you give a dog the freedom to make their own decisions – within very clearly defined boundaries to ensure their safety and that of the other creatures around them – you greatly increase their quality of life. You get happier dogs who are less likely to try escape their backyard, bark incessantly out of boredom or be aggressive.

Anywho…

Davo111 10:12 am 09 Feb 11

Pommy bastard said :

The dog gets to sniff explore and pee when it wishes without interfering with the owners walk.

cant be achieved with a long leash?

luv_this_city said :

As a cyclist who has had many, many near misses and several collisions due to off-leash dogs running/wandering into my path, some/any enforcement is welcome and overdue

mm good point.

beejay76 9:19 am 09 Feb 11

JessP said :

Lets get to the real issue here – There ought to be LARGE fines for people who dress their dogs in outside as ridiculous as the ones in the photo above.

+1 Canine fashion definitely needs to be addressed. And we also have to consider bad-taste grooming, too. I saw one with random fluffy bits and the rest was shaved to the skin. *shudder*

Pommy bastard 8:19 am 09 Feb 11

luv_this_city said :

As a cyclist who has had many, many near misses and several collisions due to off-leash dogs running/wandering into my path, some/any enforcement is welcome and overdue.

As a dog owner who has had many, many near misses and due to cycle-nazis speeding along paths dedicated for pedestrians and others, as if they own the bloody path, and their shaved legs and lycra give them a god given right to precedence, nay a clear road, to knock 0.7 seconds off their best time into work. Seeing more of them go arse over tit is most welcome and overdue.

luv_this_city said :

BTW. Can a dog owner tell me what benefit a dog gets by walking off leash along a path next to it’s owner versus being on a leash, in the exact same place as is the law ?

The dog gets to sniff explore and pee when it wishes without interfering with the owners walk.

Davo111 12:26 am 09 Feb 11

“– Not carrying equipment for removal of dog faeces $50”

hmmm i wonder if you could claim your hands (or your own shirt) for that one.

I’ve seen (in nsw) people handing out free plastic bag holsters to attach to your dogs lead. Perhaps they should offer the service here? (assuming they dont already).

Also, the registration tag seems a little OTT. imo it should be microchipped OR rego-tag.

cleo 12:09 am 09 Feb 11

I have my little poodle on a leash when out in public, many a time I’ve had big dogs come up to us who are not on a leash, I have to pull my little dog up out of reach, one bite and she’s gone, she is so friendly, I have never known poodles to bite anyone, my last poodle was 14 years old when she passed away, and not once bit anyone.
My current poodle looks like the little one in the picture.

AKT 11:34 pm 08 Feb 11

Sheridan said :

screw the fines, let’s skip straight to capital punishment for people who don’t pick up their dog’s turds.

Harsh…but fair

luv_this_city 8:58 pm 08 Feb 11

As a cyclist who has had many, many near misses and several collisions due to off-leash dogs running/wandering into my path, some/any enforcement is welcome and overdue.

BTW. Can a dog owner tell me what benefit a dog gets by walking off leash along a path next to it’s owner versus being on a leash, in the exact same place as is the law ?

facet 7:00 pm 08 Feb 11

DeadlySchnauzer said :

Its about time. I am sick to death of being approached by dogs off leashes in public places. With a young child it’s especially nerve racking, regardless of how cute the owners think it is when their little pooky runs up to kiss the baby.

For all I know your dog is a disease ridden, flea infested, infection carrying psychopath, likely to fly off the handle at any moment and attack everyone around it. I would prefer if it was on a leash and didn’t come anywhere near me.

My daughter was walking her dogs on a leash when three unrestrained children approached her dogs. For all she knew the children were disease ridden, hair lice infested, sociopaths. They insisted on approaching the dogs despite her telling the child owner to restrain her kids.
The dogs are receiving counselling.

stelita 3:11 pm 08 Feb 11

Loved comment #26!
My dog is in constant training and always under control.
I don’t bring poop bags with me on walks as she’s never done poos on walks. If I go any where else I bring them. On our walks I’m constantly looking to avoid the dog poo on the path. That and broken glass. I guess some dogs just can’t help themselves, and the owners just don’t care…

And yes, I see the occasional human being taken for a walk. Spend the time and the money and take your dog to lessons!

Mr Scum 2:52 pm 08 Feb 11

I noticed theres only a fine for “Not carrying equipment for removal of dog faeces”.
Does this mean there is no actual fine for not removing the offending droppings themselves?

johnboy 2:24 pm 08 Feb 11

PoodleAntics said :

johnboy said :

PoodleAntics said :

@johnboy, may I ask where you obtained the photo from?

Million paws walk.

Awesome, can I get a full copy of this as these are my dogs and the 2 big ones won 1st place in the Fashion Parade and I never had time to get a nice copy of them.

Thanks…

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