Dog owners reminded about law

2015-10-14 06:00
Photo: supplied
As indicated on this sign, it is a legal offence to let your dog off the leash in public places.

Photo: supplied As indicated on this sign, it is a legal offence to let your dog off the leash in public places.

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IN terms of the eThekwini Municipal by-laws, dogs should be on a leash at all times in public places (section 4 (2)).

“The owner of any dog, which is found in any street or public place, otherwise than on a leash, held by a person or under some other form of bodily restraint shall be guilty of an offence.”

Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit amenities manager, Risky Gumede warned that spot fines will be issued to people who transgress the law. He said regular patrols will be conducted at Hutchinson Park and other high-risk areas where dogs are frequently off-leash and said the owners will be fined.

“Dogs that are off-leash do not only pose a problem to people using public facilities, it is also dangerous should someone get attacked and hurt in the process. Several ‘regulars’ have witnessed and lodged complaints with the Amanzimtoti Sports Club in this regard, but the culprits persist in turning a deaf ear. To this end, sign boards have been erected all over the park and beaches to discourage dog owners from taking their dogs off their leash.”

The Animal Matters Act states: (1) Any person as a result of whose negligence an animal causes injury to another person, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.

“Please let us not continue to wrap our heads around our perceptions of our animals. Simply respect other people’s space and communal use of facilities as governed by the law.” - Supplied

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