Shire of Mundaring proposes new dog laws

Shire of Mundaring proposes new dog laws

CHANGES to state and local dog laws will bring about new restrictions on where dogs may roam freely and where they may not across the Shire of Mundaring.

Councillors have approved a recommendation to notify the public of proposed revisions to banned and permitted areas for dogs.

Fines are in the pipeline for dog owners who break the rules and owners with a dog declared dangerous are likely to face a $400 penalty.

Dogs will be banned from children’s playgrounds including the new Sculpture Park and from sporting ovals during play and maintenance work.

Maintenance workers said dog droppings damaged the undercarriage of mowers and threw fine particles into the air, likely to expose an operator to contamination.

Owners will need to leash their dog in public areas unspecified for dog exercise including the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail.

Shire staff reported on six ‘relatively serious’ dog attacks on the trail since 2014 involving unleashed dogs on pedestrians, cyclists and leashed dogs.

Regulations do not permit dogs in cemeteries, at Blackboy Hill Memorial and Lake Leschenaultia, nor in Shire and public buildings unless otherwise stated.

The Shire will advertise permitted dog exercise areas in parks and ovals over the coming weeks, along with a list of the banned areas.

A separate motion by Councillor Trish Cook to introduce 100 per cent biodegradable and compostable dog litterbags at an additional cost of $6000 annually was lost.

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