SLUGGED: Jeff Brady was fined for not walking his carer’s dogs on a leash, even though there was no council signage indicating it was an offence.
SLUGGED: Jeff Brady was fined for not walking his carer’s dogs on a leash, even though there was no council signage indicating it was an offence. John Mccutcheon

War vet cops council $220 fine for taking his dog for a walk

A 69-YEAR-old war veteran has had his bid for leniency denied, after he was sprung with a poodle problem by a vigilant council officer.

Woodford resident Jeff Brady, a regular visitor to his Wurtulla-based carer Patty's home, said he'd been walking his carer's dogs on the walkway towards the park at the end of Fantail Pl when he was stung with a $220 fine.

Mr Brady said he was speaking out because of the "principle of it", given that he said there had been no sign saying dogs had to be on leashes at the time he was fined. "The sign was lying down in the bush," he said.

Mr Brady said he'd written to the council asking them to reconsider the fine, given his limited ability to pay the funds on his war pension, and the fact that he was not aware, not being from the area, that the particular spot he was caught at was a dogs-on-leash area. "They went 'nup, you've committed an offence in a public place, pay the fine'," he said. "Who was I to know that you couldn't have a dog not on a lead there? There were no signs.

"It would be cheaper for me to speed down the road and get booked."

A Sunshine Coast Council spokeswoman explained why the council had to take such a strong stance, particularly given the spate of dog attacks in recent times. "The safety of the community and their animals is Sunshine Coast Council's first priority," the spokeswoman said.

"While dogs may be a loving member of your family, other community members may find your furry friend a nuisance or even be afraid, so council has worked to create a balance to suit everyone, including designated off-leash areas where dogs can be exercised without restraint during specified times, others where dogs must be on-leash, and some spaces where dogs are prohibited."

The spokeswoman explained they would not back down on their stance and reminded dog owners and handlers that irresponsible dog ownership carried $227 on-the-spot fines. "When there is no sign, dog owners must keep their dog on a leash," she said.

Mr Brady expressed his disappointment with the decision. "I've never been booked for anything before ... to me, it was the principle of it," he said.

Should all dogs have to be on a leash when they are walked?

This poll ended on 31 March 2015.

Current Results

Yes, I hate when dogs run up to me.

42%

No way! Let them roam free.

3%

I think in certain places it's a fair call but not everywhere.

53%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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