Moyne Shire council warns owners to pick up after their dogs or be fined

The message is clear. Pick up after your dog or be fined.

Moyne Shire council environment and regulatory services manager Robert Gibson said there would be no warnings for anyone doing the wrong thing.

Responsible: Dog owner Jess Clift with daughter Freya, Jaffa the labradoodle, and Moyne Shire ranger Colin McKane with one of the bag dispensers. Picture: Amy Paton

Responsible: Dog owner Jess Clift with daughter Freya, Jaffa the labradoodle, and Moyne Shire ranger Colin McKane with one of the bag dispensers. Picture: Amy Paton

“If we catch you we will fine you,” Mr Gibson said.  

He said it was an ongoing problem in Port Fairy and people who did not pick up after their dog would face a $100 fine.

He said the influx of tourists brings with it an increased number of dogs, but ignorance was no excuse.

“I don’t think it matters where you come from,” Mr Gibson said. “Most towns now expect you to pick up your dog’s mess. The expectation of the community is to pick up after their dog.

“Officers are regularly patrolling the beaches, particularly during this period when dogs are not permitted on some beaches in Port Fairy between 9am and 6pm from December 1 to Easter Monday.” 

Mr Gibson said there was signage and bag dispensers located at popular dog walking areas. “We try to encourage people to do the right thing and if we do catch someone walking away and leaving a stinky pile of mess for others we will fine them. There is no warning. You’ll get a fine.” 

He said current regulations would remain in force. “There is no intention at this point in time to change any of the rules in regards to dogs. They’re the rules and they’re serviced well, it’s a matter of complying with them.” 

He said dogs were also allowed in the CBD but must be on a lead and owners needed to pick up after them.

Mr Gibson encouraged owners, including visitors, to ensure their dogs were registered and wearing their tags so they could be returned if they were lost.