Bylaw proposal stirs up dog owners

MARY-JO TOHILL
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2014

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it, say passionate dog owners who oppose a draft bylaw change that would enforce dogs on leads in Queenstown Lakes district public places.

A meeting was held in Wanaka yesterday to hear public submissions on the Queenstown Lakes District Council's proposed amendment to its dog control policy and introduction of a bylaw that would restrict dogs off leads to the rural general zone.

Submitter Graham Dickson, of Wanaka, said the small number of dog-related infringements did not warrant a law change and changing the bylaw would create a problem when there wasn't one.

"You don't want to fix something that isn't broken ... the existing situation works fine."

He also pointed out that the council did not have the right to enforce an on-the-leash policy on school grounds, which were outside their jurisdiction.

Travelling from Kingston to make his submission, Graham Dalziel said there was an even bigger problem brewing, he said. "If we don't get a solution, we'll have dogs and kids growing up without being socialised with people."

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