Take care of dogs call

Byron Shire Council is urging residents to take extra care of their dogs over the busy summer holidays period.

Council has recently received a number of complaints about uncontrolled dogs in public areas and particularly on beaches.

Senior ranger Gerry Burnage said dogs did not need to be leashed on designated dog exercise beaches, however, even within these zones it was important to remain in control of your dog, carry a lead and ensure it did not harass other people or their pets.

“There needs to be a change in the behaviour of dog owners, particularly in relation to the shire’s beaches,” Mr Burnage said.

“Council acknowledges that our beaches are a shared space and that there is room for everyone if the rules are respected. “It is also important for dog owners to carry a bag and pick up any droppings.”

In public areas, other than designated dog beaches, dogs must be exercised on a leash.

The NSW Companion Animals Act requires all dogs and cats in NSW to be micro-chipped and lifetime registered.

Dogs are also required to wear a collar and ID tag.

For further information contact ranger services on 66267107.

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