Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC), Regulatory Officers, have issued some advice for pet owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The human-animal bond people share with their companion animals is very important and can provide much needed support, comfort and companionship to people in these difficult times, so if possible people and their companion animals should stay together for the benefit of both. There is no evidence that companion animals play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
To protect each other and our communities, we all need to limit our potential to spread the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. An important part of reducing this risk is social distancing. Think of your pets’ as needing to practice social distancing like the rest of the family.
“Regular exercise is important for both the dog and owner, and we’ve seen increased activity around the region since the COVID-19 restrictions have been introduced,” CGRC Senior Regulatory Officer Ms Janelle Chapman said.
“This is great and we ask that pet owners please keep their dogs on a leash whilst out walking and pick up droppings. Some dog droppings contain harmful bacteria and nutrients. When dog droppings are left outdoors and it rains, harmful bacteria from the droppings can be washed down the drains and end up in local creeks. No one likes stepping in dog poo, whether it’s on a sports field or footpath,” Ms Chapman said.
Most parks in the CGRC LGA have Dog Waste Stations, with poo bag dispensers and waste bins provided to dispose of their dog waste.
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Residents across the region are asked to keep dogs on a leash whilst out walking and to pick up dog droppings.