A blitz is under way on North Taranaki beaches because increasing numbers of dog owners are ignoring summer dog-free zones.
"We are concerned that dog owners are not paying attention to the dog bans on two sections of beach - Fitzroy and East End - as well as Corbett Park," New Plymouth District Council head dog control officer Jim Aitken said.
"The officers are paying particular attention to the beaches at the moment. Owners breaching the bans can face a $300 infringement."
The beach bans include Fitzroy and Oakura beaches, in the areas where beach-goers gather, as well as Corbett Park. In each case dogs are banned from 9am to 6pm during daylight saving.
The bans cover the areas of high family use near the surf clubs where it would be very embarrassing for a dog owner to find their dog had been unable to resist relieving itself on a chilly bin, he said.
Unfortunately, in Corbett Park vandals regularly remove dog ban signs, Mr Aitkin said.
Many dog owners within the ban areas had told dog officers they were not aware of the rules.
"People need to be aware," he said.
Currently owners in breach were not being fined - as yet.
"We are trying the educational approach."
There were many other areas dogs could still be taken to enjoy their walks, Mr Aitkin said.
DAYLIGHT SAVING BEACH DOG BAN
Oakura Beach and foreshore, including Corbett Park from 9am to 6pm during daylight saving Fitzroy and East End beaches from the same times
Also banned from: NP CBD
Pukekura Park fernery
Ngamotu Beach and Reserve
Fitzroy paddling pool and enclosure
Urenui and Onaero domains
Within 200m of Lake Mangamahoe
Lake Rotomanu island
Barrett Domain wetland areas and pond
Sportsgrounds during organised sports events.
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