Riders urge dog control

Debbi Tomilson and Candy Griffiths regularly cycle Perry Road.
Debbi Tomilson and Candy Griffiths regularly cycle Perry Road.

Members of several cycling groups, who use Ziatas and Perry roads in Pinjar as a time trial road, have reported being repeatedly chased by local dogs.

Wednesday Girls Cycling group member Debbi Tomilson said one of the offending dogs ran cyclists off the road several times.

‘The consequences of negligent care of their animals can lead to the dog being run over, cyclists getting hurt or killed and not to mention the cost involved if this happened,’ she said.

‘If dog owners truly cared for their dogs they would keep them safe ” an owner who is negligent does not deserve to own a dog.’

Ms Tomilson has tried to speak to the owner who allegedly said the issue was not his problem.

Wanneroo City businesses acting director Ian Hamilton said rangers were aware of a dog with a history of escaping its property on Perry Road but as the subject was under current investigation, the City could not comment on any action it has taken or may take.

There are penalties for owners who allow their dogs to roam. Rangers may issue an infringement of $200 with a maximum penalty of $5000 if the issue goes to court.

The breed mentioned must also wear a muzzle in public unless a prescribed training program is completed or a further $200 penalty may apply.