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Crackdown on pet owners continues at popular dog beaches

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Just twenty pet owners have been fined, during a council crackdown at Point Cartwright.

In response to numerous complaints about the popular dog beach, council officers spent a few days there last month, educating people on their responsibilities and making sure pets and their owners were behaving.

Councillor Joe Natoli says he's pleased residents have engaged with council officers.

“More than 700 people and almost 250 dogs were observed, and 380 residents engaged with our officers during our education blitz over the school holiday period,” Cr Natoli says.

“I’m pleased to report that less than 20 infringements had to be issued, however sadly, there were a few instances of owners evading our officers and also giving false details which required the involvement of the Queensland Police Service.

Following the program's success, Councillor Winston Johnston says the educational campaign will continue at Point Cartwright, and will also be rolled out to other dog beaches and parks.

“Throughout May and June, council will hold pop-up education booths at Mudjimba, Twin Waters, Marcoola, Coolum, Currimundi Lake, Ballinger Beach and Golden Beach to promote owner responsibilities,” Cr Johnston says

“Our community clearly loves animals, with over 43,500 households owning a dog, a cat or both, and we want to work with the community to ensure everyone understands their responsibilities as pet owners.

“Our public spaces are for everyone to enjoy, so it’s important that dog owners are being respectful of others in shared spaces, know where and when their dogs can exercise in public, ensure their dogs are under effective control at all times and their waste is disposed of correctly.”