Sano keeps guard while Graeme and Kay Kemp (with Shinta) garden.
Sano keeps guard while Graeme and Kay Kemp (with Shinta) garden.

Dog penalties total $15,000



ROCKHAMPTON dog owners are barking after being hit with more than $15,000 in fines at the weekend for unregistered mutts.

The city council's canine crackdown in Division 7 included the areas of Depot Hill, Port Curtis and from Lakes Creek Road to Wooster Street in North Rockhampton.

In all, 103 residents copped $150 on-the-spot fines.

The council's environmental services committee chairman Cr Tony Williams said the number of people who were not complying with local laws was disappointing.

"We've been running the (inspection) program for two years now and people are still not getting the message about the need to enclose and register their dogs. We've gone out of our way to let people know we were doing it,'' he said.

During the last systematic inspection last August, $19,500 in fines were issued.

On that occasion, inspectors were sworn at and bitten by dogs and one even had a curse put on him.

Cr Williams said there were no such problems this time around. Since the inspections were introduced, dog registrations have increased from about 7000 to about 10,300.



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