Check those doggone restrictions
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Posted February 05, 2020
Although summer dog restrictions for the Coromandel area ended on Friday 31 January Thames Coromandel District Council is reminding dog owners they resume on all public holiday weekends, between 9am and 6pm (inclusive) and there are still some areas that are prohibited all year round and during dotterel nesting season until 1 March.
“It’s important that we restrict dogs at certain times due to how popular our beaches can be and to protect our native wildlife,” says Regulatory Manager Brian Taylor. “Most people follow our rules which is fantastic, while the minority that don’t, we catch up with to find out why they may have ignored our bylaws.”
A team of Compliance Officers work closely with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and their dotterel watch programme volunteers across the District.
The council believes knowing where you can take your dog on or off lead is easier now their local rules and signage are clear and easy to understand for both residents and visitors.
They have a new traffic light sign system and simplified the message on flip signs that change to give the right message for that specific period.
Dog owners are asked to remember that dogs need to be on-lead when in public, however off-lead dog exercise areas which are sign posted are provided.
Fines of $300 can be imposed for any dog not on-lead in areas not designated as an off-lead area or failing to immediately remove their dog’s faeces from a public place and dispose of it adequately.
Walking on the beach and main town centres during the day is not advised as it could burn your dog’s paws so use the five-second rule.
Whenever you take your dog outside (don’t forget your lead and poo-bags), place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can’t hold it there for five seconds, it’s too hot to walk your dog.
Never leave a dog in your car in the heat and make sure they have access to shade and fresh drinking water during the day.
Otis assists the compliance team
The traffic light signs