City of Perth rangers step up dog patrols after April attack

Picture: Martin Kennealey
Picture: Martin Kennealey

CITY of Perth rangers have stepped up their park and reserve patrols to educate dog owners after an April attack.

Rangers will actively patrol parks and reserves throughout the next two months, engaging with dog owners to ensure they understand their obligations under State and Local Laws.

They will be targeting dogs off leads outside designated areas, ensuring microchip information is up to date, and registrations are current.

The move comes after someone was hospitalised in April with leg wounds after a dog attack in a Northbridge park.

Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said the incident was one of two dog attacks reported to the City of Perth so far this year.

He said the matter was still before the courts.

“All City parks are ‘dog friendly’ where people can walk their dogs, however dogs are ‘prohibited absolutely’ from the Kangaroo enclosure on Heirisson Island,” he said.

“Dogs are allowed off lead at Wellington Square, Totterdell Park and JH Abrahams Reserve.”

He said there was a $200 penalty for dog owners if their dog is off its leash.

Deputy Chair of Commissioners Gaye McMath said the initial phase of the operation will be educational, focusing on identifying breaches and discussing issues with owners.

“Any continued breaches will then be met with infringements being issued,” she said.