Fines for dog owners for non compliance

Great Lakes Council Rangers were forced to issue seven fines for offences relating to irresponsible dog ownership in July and are urging people to ensure they comply with dog ownership laws and avoid fines.Great Lakes Council Rangers fine dog owners

“Rangers don’t want to fine people, and in fact, the Rangers issued eight cautions without fines to dog owners in July, only resorting to fines when owners continued to do the wrong thing” said Council’s Manager of Waste, Health and Regulatory Services, Mr John Cavanagh.

The laws are there for valid reasons, to keep children and others in our community safe, to maintain clean and healthy suburban areas and waterways and to prevent roaming dogs from pestering people.

If you own a dog, you are required by law to microchip your dog by 12 weeks of age or at point of sale, and register your dog by the age of 6 months.

A dog must be kept under effective control at all times in public places by way of a chain, cord or leash that is attached to a person excepting in leash free areas, where you are still expected to have effective control of your dog whilst not being on a leash.

You must pick up after your dog and dispose of dog faeces appropriately.

Overall for all offences in the Great Lakes in July, Council rangers issued a total of 19 fines and 52 verbal cautions.

“Given our population of almost 36,000 people, it is pleasing that we have such extremely low numbers of fines and cautions” said Mr Cavanagh.

“The vast majority of people in the Great Lakes do the right thing and enjoy a wonderful, clean environment and safe community – and we want to keep it that way” he added.

“We hope people take a verbal caution seriously, because the next option is getting a fine” said Mr Cavanagh.

2 thoughts on “Fines for dog owners for non compliance

  1. Our council does not issue fines as it is too dangerous, or they PRETEND they do. This leads to lots and lots of dogs offleash. Do rangers just pretend to issue fines and just go home and have a nice hot chocolate instead.

  2. My 18 yr old son was recently issued a whopping $330 fine for having our dog on Burgess beach,he was of course in the wrong, but a fine of that much is excessive, he works to put himself through university and is a good young bloke. I don’t like what Forster has become, minor offences like this should incur a smaller fine,My parents are retirees and they have to bring in their letterbox every night to avoid the local drunken idiots who come home drunk regularly., are they ever fined? We won’t spend our holiday money in Forster anymore, Nelson Bay is closer and they have no electronic parking sensors either.

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