On the Sunshine Coast, all dogs in public places must be on a leash!
An elderly couple were carrying their 5 month old grand child near the Blue Park in Bells Reach recently when a youth on a bike rode past with his largish dog in tow and not on a leash. Out of curiosity the dog went to the elderly couple to check things out.
It sniffed around the elderly lady and eyed off the 5 month old baby. This caused much anguish to the couple who were concerned for the safety of themselves and the infant.
When challenged about the dog not being on a leash and that this behaviour was against SC Council By Laws, the youth replied that this was not true and that his behaviour was quite legal.
The truth is, all dogs in Public Places on the Sunshine Coast must be on a leash (unless they in designated ‘off leash’ areas).
A pdf copy of the Council Regulations regarding dogs and leashes appears below. You can download your own 200kb pdf document here.