Your Dog, Your Choice, Your $100 Fine.
The message is simple and clear.
Moyne Shire has started a campaign aimed at irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to foul in public places around Port Fairy. If caught dog owners who do not pick up after their dog will be fined $100.
The initiative follows on from concerns raised by residents of Port Fairy about the amount of dog mess found around the town. Areas such as East Beach and the Russell Clarke Reserve have been highlighted as of particular concern. Council’s Local Laws Officers will be actively patrolling these and other areas around the town. Dog owners’ face an on the spot penalty fine of $100 if they do not pick up after their dog.
Owners are also reminded that it is an offence not to carry a dog poo bag or scooper to remove dog poo when walking a dog in a public space. Dog walkers are urged not to leave the house without first grabbing a supply of dog poo bags. Not having a bag is no excuse. Neither is ignorance of the event. Used bags should be deposited in any public litter bin or taken home.
In June 2016 Moyne Shire installed 15 Dog Poo Bag Dispensers throughout the Shire. Dog Poo Dispensers are also located throughout the Gardens and Southcombe Caravan Parks. Bags are available at the Moyne Shire Offices and at the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre.
Dog poo on streets, parks and beaches is unsightly and unpleasant. Droppings contain harmful nutrients and bacteria, and can end up in waterways and the ocean via the stormwater system. This can contribute to excessive E. coli readings on beaches after rainfall. Children, people with immune system deficiencies, and sport players are most at risk of infection from dog poo, including infection by Toxocara canis, the roundworm found in the faeces of infected puppies and adult dogs.