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Oamaru resident Tina Parkes was likely to have been the first person to legally walk her dog through the Oamaru Cemetery last Friday following the Waitaki District Council’s adoption of the Dog Control Bylaw and Policy.

The bylaw, which the council adopted on September 17, allows dogs to enter cemeteries, neighbourhood reserves and grazing areas (except during the lambing season) as long as they are on a lead.

Mrs Parkes went to check with the Sexton before walking her dog, Harvey, through the cemetery on Friday afternoon and was told she was the first person the sexton was aware of to walk through legally.

Being able to do this was “extra special” for her, because she can now visit her parents’ memorial tree with Harvey.

“I had him for five years and all that time I couldn’t visit Mum and Dad’s memorial tree with him.

“All his life, he’s just walked past.”

She will now alternate between the beach, the gardens and the cemetery for Harvey’s afternoon walks, Mrs Parkes said.

The bylaw also allows dogs in designated areas without a lead and prohibits dogs on sports fields, within 10m of playgrounds, in designated wildlife areas and within the central business district.

It ensures that the fee for working dogs and farm pets remains the same, but farm pets must be housed on property with a minimum of four hectares.

Owners of three or more dogs on a residential or rural residential property of less than 25002m must have ‘Selected Owner’ status and the relevant permit.

On September 17, WDC regulatory services manager Lichelle Guyan said more than 80 submissions on the bylaw were received during public consultation and the council was pleased to be hearing the various views of the community.

“We received significant comments about dog faeces on footpaths and other public areas,” she said.

“All dog owners are responsible for picking up their pet’s faeces and must carry a suitable receptacle at all times.”

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

NEW PLACE TO WALK: Oamaru resident Tina Parkes and her dog Harvey were probably the first to walk through the Oamaru Cemetery on Friday following the adoption of the Dog Control Bylaw and Policy.