Dog-gone signs now removed

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 07:21 04/04/2014
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SEASIDE STROLL: Nicola Lorimer and Adele Southgate, with Fudge, walk along Caroline Bay.

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Signs prohibiting dogs being on the tidal area of Caroline Bay have been removed, although a couple of days late.

The Herald was contacted by concerned dog owner Peggy Mackenzie, who wanted to walk her dog in the area on April 2, but encountered four well-placed signs saying "dogs prohibited".

Timaru District Council dog bylaws state dogs are prohibited on the Caroline Bay Beach tidal area until April 1.

She contacted the council but could not speak to the relevant person, so wrote to The Herald.

"This puts me in a bit of dilemma. I have been approached many times as I instruct a class of dog owners through the NZKC [New Zealand Kennel Club's] programme, Canine Good Citizens, to do the right thing - carry a poo bag, pick up, control your dog and read signs, and abide by the district council bylaws, so when approached by them or other dog owners, I say read your district council bylaws."

Council regulatory services group manager Chris English said the signs being left at the beach after April 1 was an oversight on the contractor's behalf. They were taken down yesterday afternoon, after The Herald contacted the council.

Dogs are now allowed on the Caroline Bay Beach tidal area until September 30.

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- The Timaru Herald

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