Outrage over ‘new sign’ that says no dogs on Onrus Beach

A newly erected ‘no dog on beach sign’ seen over the weekend at Onrus Beach, has angered dog walkers who have been using the facility for decades to exercise their pooches, and will be removed today.

This still applies: Dogs must be kept on a leash

While dogs will still be allowed to enjoy the beaches, their movements will be more restricted to comply with the municipality’s by-law on Dogs and Cats.

Section 6(2) and (3) of the above by-law are clear both in context and literal interpretation: “No person may or cause to allow any dog to be in a public place unless it is kept on a leash.” Note that public spaces include any beach, road, path, bridge, footpath or garden; and any other place under the control of the municipality.

 

Dog owners making use of Overstrand’s beaches that earned Blue Flag status - Grotto, Hawston and Kleinmond must respect the stipulation that no dogs will be allowed on these beaches whilst the Blue Flag is flying.

Pet owners are also requested not to bury dog poop in the sand or throw it out to sea. They are required to clean up after their dogs and to dispose of poop bags in the correct bins.

Any contravention of the by-law can be reported to Law Enforcement on 028 313 8980 or the Overstrand control room on 028 313 8000/8111.

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