Three dog night in Gosnells as council approves applications for extra pooches

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THE City of Gosnells council has approved two applications to keep three dogs on suburban properties, despite their two-dog policy.

The council supported applications for residents moving to properties on Seale Street and Chiddington Street in Beckenham.

In both cases, the applicants are moving to Beckenham from regional areas and neither had a history of complaints against any of their dogs from either local governments or the RSPCA.

The council also deemed the size of the respective properties was sufficient enough to adequately house the dogs.

While neighbours raised objections about the potential noise, the council report argued the Dog Act 1976 has adequate provisions to deal with barking complaints.

Councillor Olwen Searle was the only objector to both applications and said she would not support three dogs in a residential property as the City had a two-dog policy for a reason.

Councillor Dave Griffiths supported the applications, but admitted he did not like the path the City was going down and did not want the two-dog policy to become a three-dog policy.

But councillor Julie Brown said she did not think the City would adopt a three-dog policy and the council would look at each application on its merit.

The approval followed a similar application which was given the go-ahead at a council meeting in March.

In the previous application, the applicant was requesting permission to buy another small dog for their Thornlie property.

The council report recommended council reject the application, but after the vote was tied at 6-6, Mayor Glenn Dewhurst using his casting vote to go against the recommendation.

Afterwards, council carried a foreshadowed motion for the application to keep three dogs on the property, with the approval being personal to the applicant and only for the dogs subject to the application.

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