Local Laws Officers have increased patrols around the Douglas Shire, specifically targeting dogs being walked without a lead.
It is a requirement to walk your dog on a lead whenever you are outside your own property, including taking your dog to and from a vehicle.
People often think that their dog will stay with them when they are off a lead or readily respond to voice commands, but dogs can become anxious, scared or spooked, or just want to play with other dogs.
Dog owners can walk their pets without a leash at the southern end of Four Mile Beach, south of Martin Scullett Drive. All other areas require a leash.
Local laws thanks those residents doing the right thing and who are setting the example for responsible dog ownership.
For more information contact Council’s Local Laws team on 4099 9444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.