Burdekin’s first off-leash dog park to open this weekend

The Burdekin’s first off-leash dog park at Plantation Park will be officially opened this weekend (Sunday, August 26, 2012) and dog lovers are invited to bring their pooch along for some fun.

Burdekin Shire Council Environmental Health Manager Tracy Jensen said the activities would start at 9.30am with Burdekin Veterinary Services offering discounted microchipping services and a barbecue would be on offer.

“There will also be promotional giveaways, prizes for the best fancy dressed dog and the quickest dog around the agility equipment,” she said.

“I would encourage dog owners to use the $25 micro-chipping service being offered. 

“This is an excellent opportunity to get your pet microchipped ensuring you comply with the legislation and avoid receiving a fine of $200.

“State Government legislation has made it compulsory to have your dog or cat micro-chipped if it was born after the 1 July 2010 or you are selling or giving the dog away.

“Puppies must be at least eight weeks old to take advantage of this offer.”

Ms Jensen said the leash-free dog park, situated on the Kennedy Street side of Plantation Park, Ayr, was a result of community consultation.

“Council conducted a community survey last year and Plantation Park was the preferred site for the off-leash area,” she said.

“The popularity of leash-free dog parks has increased over the years as people choose more active outdoors lifestyles for their families, including their pets.

“Dogs that do not get regular exercise can develop behavioural problems such as aggression and excessive barking and also tend to indulge in destructive behaviour to gain attention.

“Leash-free parks provide a designated, fenced area where people in the community can enjoy some time outdoors with their families and pets together.”

Burdekin residents are also reminded that they were only allowed to have a maximum of two dogs and two cats.

Ms Jensen said there had been a number of occasions recently where residents thought they could have a third dog if they were granted an approval.

 “People are required to apply to Council for an approval for a third dog before they get the dog, not after,” she said. “We have had a few residents coming in to register a third dog without having applied for permission and being told they can’t register their pet, which can be very upsetting.”

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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