DOGS’ forgotten poo and their owners are in rangers’ sights on beaches with Christmas holiday and summer crowds in Cottesloe.
“If rangers see your dog defecating, and the owner doesn’t pick it up, we will in the first instance use a warning,” ranger Neil Reeves said.
Each year, daily patrols by council staff collect about 320,000 full poo bags from red bins on the beaches, before bags are sent to landfill, but Mr Reeves said he expected more dog deposits left in the sand because more people and their pets will be at beaches during the holidays.
He said those who do not follow rangers’ instructions, or leave dog’s poo repeatedly, can be fined $250.
Rangers will continue to patrol the beaches throughout summer looking for those who use the council doggy-poo bags but “forget” to put them in the red bins on the council’s two dog beaches at South and North Cottesloe.
“People should keep their dogs on leashes before getting to the sand, so it stops their dogs running ahead into the dunes and doing their business unseen,” Mr Reeves said.