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Dogs in Public Places Dogs in Public Places

When a dog is in a public place it must be under effective control and not permitted to wander at large. Council advises that a person over the age of 16 years who is also physically capable of controlling the dog should hold the dog on a leash.

Exceptions to this are when the dog is tethered to a fixed object and under the supervision of a competent person physically capable of controlling the dog; or the dog is participating in an obedience trial or training under the supervision of an organisation recognised by Council; or the dog is being exhibited under the supervision of an organisation recognised by Council.A person who keeps a dog must maintain a proper enclosure to keep it on the person’s land and prevent it from wandering or escaping.  If a dog is in a public place and is not under effective control an authorised Council Officer may seize and impound it.Remember: It’s not the dog that’s responsible - it’s the owner.