COTTESLOE rangers say summer holidays bring unwanted potential for more dog poo on beaches as people from across Perth flock to the western suburbs coast to escape the heat.
“There probably is a greater chance because there’s more people around, more dogs and more people on holidays,” Cottesloe senior ranger Lisa Squiers said.
While there have been no complaints of piles of doggy deposits and poo bags left on the beach, for which owners can be fined $250, the rangers want to stop holidaying beachgoers from forgetting to take away their pets’ messes.
“We don’t want dogs running off into the dunes do their poop, because they should be controlled by their owners, even in an off-lead area, or when owners are distracted when they are packing up,” Ms Squiers said.
Cottesloe’s Vera View dog beach, where the animals are not allowed past the Little Marine Parade steps, and South Cottesloe dog beach are also increasingly used by families, runners and water sports enthusiasts during and outside of dog-walking hours.
“It’s a shared space all of the time, and people with dogs must be responsible and pick up after their pets,” Ms Squiers said.
There are also indications dog walkers’ use of the Mosman Park dog beach increased greatly during the Christmas holidays.
Chief executive Mark Goodlet said it was reported a poo bag bin was filled one day.
“We just had to deal with it,” Mr Goodlet said.