Wandering dogs in Coffin Bay
Council is concerned at the rise in the number wandering dogs in the township of Coffin Bay, particularly over the recent summer holiday period.
The large number of wandering dogs are causing a nuisance to the general public as well as to the native wildlife.
Increased patrols have and will continue to be undertaken by Council’s General Inspector in an effort to reduce the number of wandering dogs in the township. If a dog is found wandering at large, fines will be issued and the dog may not be returned to the owner until those fines and any applicable holding fees are paid to the Council.
A significant amount of ratepayer funds are being spent responding to wandering dogs in Coffin Bay and as a result, first offence warnings will no longer be given and on the spot fines will now be issued.
Council requests that all dog owners, whether they are visiting the town or are permanent residents, act responsibly and ensure that their dogs are secure at all times by way of a lead or in a secure yard or enclosure.
Effective 1 July 2017, there will be a significant increase in the applicable expiation fees for dogs found wandering at large across the Council district from the current $80 up to $210.
Dog owners are also reminded that all dogs over the age of three months must be registered and must be wearing a valid registration disc and that if a dog defecates in a public place and the responsible person does not immediately remove the faeces, that person can be issued with a fine of $55 which from 1 July 2017 will also increase to $210.