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More time on beach for dogs

Posted at 3:39pm Monday 05 Aug, 2019

Auckland Council's Governing Body last month adopted changes to its Policy on Dogs and related Dog Management Bylaw, which will come into force from November 1.

Despite fears from dog owners, the Council has relaxed, rather than tightened restrictions in response to public submissions.

Dogs now have greater access to parks and beaches.

The more relaxed rules apply where there are restrictions on dog access to parks and beaches during summer. Formerly, dogs were forbidden at specified parks and beaches between the hours of 10am and 6.30pm from Labour Weekend until March 1.

The new bylaw means the restriction will apply only between the hours of 10am and 5pm and from December 1 to March 1.

Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers says he supports the new bylaw.

“Overwhelmingly the public voiced their objection to Auckland Council's original proposal, which was to push out the time when dogs were not allowed to be walked on the beach to 7pm,” he says.

“I was more than happy to vote in support of the new improved rule, and I hope responsible dog owners will continue to pick up after their dogs while enjoying the greater access they now have to exercise their canine best friends.”

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