Dog issues continue

Published on 21 May 2021

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Moira Shire Council has received a number of complaints regarding dogs off leashes along popular public areas including the Yarrawonga Foreshore, Yarrawonga Yacht Club picnic area and Chinaman’s Island.

General Manager Infrastructure Andrew Close said in particular there had been a recent incident where a dog off its lead injured a member of the public.

“It appears it has now become a custom along the Yarrawonga foreshore for some people to let their dogs off the lead, throwing balls for them to chase,” Mr Close said.

“These dogs then run among other people trying to enjoy the facilities by walking or having a family picnic.

“The community is reminded that dogs are not permitted at all along the Yarrawonga Foreshore, from Belmore Street to Woods Road.

“This allows families and the elderly to enjoy the playgrounds and picnic facilities without worrying about nearby dogs.”

Mr Close said it had also been noted that dog owners were walking or running around Chinaman’s Island with their dogs off lead.

“There are multiple spaces for dog owners to exercise their animals, both on and off the lead, in all towns throughout the shire,” he said.

“Dogs are permitted off a lead during daylight hours at the Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga Showgrounds as well as the Tungamah Football Ground.

“The facilities are for all people to enjoy and it is a shame the irresponsibility of a few is causing fear and distress to many.”