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May 17, 2012

Dogs break rules on west Auckland beach

Five-year-old Murphy Bates and his 3-year-old brother, Owen, are carefully picking their way through the 10-minute walk to Kakamatua Inlet in the Waitakere Ranges.

The shadowy bush gives way to beautiful blue sky and a wide sandy beach. Being a weekday, it is very quiet with very few people walking their dogs. Still, the boys are wary, having encountered dogs barking excitedly at them on a previous outing.

"It was a Sunday when we were here and were constantly harassed by dogs that were off their leashes," says their mum, Clare. "One woman has shouted to me, 'Grab your children!' Her dog was really running, bounding actually, towards Owen."

Mrs Bates is concerned that there is a misconception that Kakamatua Beach is an off-the-leash area, despite a clear sign at the entrance advising otherwise.  MORE>>

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