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August 13, 2008

Dogfight over beach


Changes in how much freedom dogs have on Kapiti Coast beaches have sparked concerns for preschoolers and young families.

Kapiti Coast District Council's new draft dog bylaw simplifies rules to allow dogs to be without leashes on all beaches from Paekakariki to Otaki on weekdays for more than nine months of the year.

They will have to be on leads only at weekends and on public holidays from March to mid-December.

Waikanae mother Lisa Parrish said it was not an anti-dog issue, but a matter of public safety.

"We just want to retain the small area on Waikanae Beach where we take our kids and know they'll be safe from the risk of being approached and chased by unleashed dogs.

"Kids are brought up to have fun on the beach - run around, throw their arms in the air, dig in the sand, splash in the water, kick a ball, fly a kite, which dogs may misinterpret and find threatening," Mrs Parrish said. "What about fish and chips on the beach for dinner?" MORE>>

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