ROAMING DOGS: One of the many images of roaming dogs snapped across town.
ROAMING DOGS: One of the many images of roaming dogs snapped across town. Contributed

Dog gone it: Roma Residents meet with Mayor over dog fees and roaming mutts

IT WAS no doggie-day-out for Roma residents as they met with Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder to discuss dog issues with council and the town.

Residents and dog owners convened on Monday night to discuss their problems with dog registrations, fines and council actions over roaming dogs.

Roma resident Sharna Cherry said she organised the meeting after her mother received a mail fine of $295 without any warning.

“I got up about it because there was no warning of when or why the letter came to my mother’s house. I wanted to see if other people had similar issues with fines and dog registrations,” she said.

“Tyson agreed to meet after I contacted him and posted on social media.”

Residents highlighted issues with fines and registration costs, stating there needed to be tougher laws for repeat offenders who own unregistered dogs.

“Some of us are angry with how repeat offenders get away with letting their dog out – they often just get a fine,” Ms Cherry said.

“There needs to be more communication between council and residents regarding dog policies.”

Roaming dogs were also a topic of discussion, with residents stating the need for a response team for roaming dog encounters after business hours.

A proposition to target feral cats – which many claimed were antagonising residential dogs and causing just as much trouble around town – was also floated.

Cr Golder took the feedback on board, stating he would help residents resolve their issues in council meetings.

“Council wants to treat its customers well, and we want to make this community as friendly as we can,” he said.

Ms Cherry said she was hopeful for a positive outcome from the meeting.

“We need to work as a community on this issue; I’d like to thank Tyson for attending and also the residents who turned up.”


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