Wingecarribee Shire Council is reminding residents to keep dogs under effective control following a record number of roaming dogs being impounded over the summer months.
One hundred and twenty dogs were impounded from December 2016 through to February.
“That’s a 15 per cent increase from the same time the previous year,” said Council’s Senior Ranger Troy McGlynn.
“A roaming dog can cause distress to neighbours and the community,” said Mr McGlynn. “Dogs that are not kept safely behind a fence can risk being injured or causing injury to others.”
As well as receiving a hefty fine, dog owners may be liable for any injuries or damages that their animal causes.
Roaming dogs can be reported to Council on phone 4868 0888 (24 hours).
“Owning a pet is a serious responsibility,” added Mr McGlynn. “It’s important to keep in mind that responsible pet ownership begins before committing to the purchase of a pet.”
Council’s Rangers will be visiting popular dog exercise areas over the coming months encouraging responsible pet ownership.
“It’s also important that all residents remain cautious when approached by an unknown dog,” said Mr McGlynn. “Especially those with young families.”
The NSW State Government has developed Victor and Victoria’s Pet Town, a learning tool that teaches children about dog safety and responsible pet ownership.
For more information visit www.pets.nsw.gov.au or download the app from the App Store or Google play.