Dog owners need to take responsibility or they will face a
$300 fine if their dog is caught fouling, Dunedin City
Council senior animal services officer Peter Hanlin says.
Photo by Samantha McPherson.
Owners who do not pick up their dog's faeces on footpaths
and sports fields are continuing to cause an unpleasant issue
for members of the public and Dunedin City Council's animal
The DCC received 46 fouling complaints from June 27, 2013, to
June 27, 2014 - an increase on the 38 received the year
Dunedin City Council senior animal services officer Peter
Hanlin is urging dog owners to take responsibility.
''Every owner needs to pick up their dog's poo and carry
plastic bags with them when they take their dog for a walk.
It's your responsibility as a dog owner.''
If owners are caught, they can be fined $300 for not cleaning
up after their dog.
Kettle Park and the walking tracks between St Clair and
Middle Beach, alongside Ross Creek and John Wilson Ocean Dr
were problem areas, he said.
''Young children and adults who play sport on the weekend
shouldn't have to worry about it in these marked areas. Dogs
are not allowed to be exercised in marked areas on sports
fields. If dog owners don't start cleaning up after their
dogs, it will get to a stage where dogs may be prohibited
from these areas.''
While there have been no fines issued this year, the DCC has
increased staff patrols and added signs to remind people to
keep their dogs off the marked areas and pick up any dog
The DCC cannot fine a dog owner unless they witness the
offence or receive a complaint from a member of the public
who witnessed the offence. There were bag-dispensers at
popular dog-walking areas and owners were encouraged to use
the bags. Mr Hanlin said the public were ''our eyes and
''If anyone sees a dog owner not picking up their dog's poo
we can investigate the complaint if they have the name of the
dog owner, the number on the dog's tag or a car
registration,'' he said.
While most dog owners were ''very good'', the small
percentage who did not pick up their dog's faeces reflected
badly on other owners.