Bluff dog owners urged to use off-leash space

Invercargill City Council compliance team leader Elle Dickson with her furry friend Jed at the off-leash area. Photo: Supplied

CANINE capers in copious amounts are to be had at the Dogs’ Day Out in Bluff.

The Invercargill City Council (ICC) event would be held to highlight the recent improvements to the Ocean Beach off-leash area, as well as to promote the area as the only place in the town where dog owners could exercise their pets off-leash.

ICC compliance team leader Elle Dickson said the Parks and Recreation and Animal Services teams worked together to install fencing, gates and dog waste bins at the Kirk Cres and Bluff Highway entrances to Ocean Beach Reserve.

“It’s important that Bluff has an area where dog owners can exercise their pets off leash as in the rest of Bluff, dogs have to be on a lead. We hope this event will help make people aware of the recent upgrades and to encourage them to use the space.”

Southern Institute of Technology vet nursing students would be at the event giving free health checks for dogs, and free microchipping would be available.

As well as a sausage sizzle, there would be mobile eftpos available for people to register their dogs if they had not done so already – registrations were due by October 31.

Ms Dickson said Southland man John Taylor had trained some of his dogs to be able to sniff out pest weeds and plants, and they would be putting on a demonstration.

“We’ve also since confirmed Murray Milne-Maresca will be coming along too, with his arson detection dog and two search and rescue dogs.”

She said microchipping a dog was important as it helped provide a way for a dog’s owner to be tracked down if their dog was lost or found.

“Microchipping is also required by law as part of the Dog Control Act 1996. This is a chance for people to make sure their dog is chipped, for free.”

  • Dogs’ Day Out In Bluff, from 11am, Saturday, October 10, Ocean Beach dog park.

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