Picking up after pets paramount during lockdown period

Date published: 23 April 2020

More Townsville locals are walking their dogs now than ever before as a way to stay active during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Townsville City Council is encouraging dog owners to continue doing this, but to also remember the rules for walking their dogs.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said it was important that everyone did their part to keep their suburb a safe and clean area.

“Dogs must be kept on leashes while walking – this is for the safety of your pet and for the safety of those around you,” Cr Hill said.

“It’s also important to always pick up after your dog, so make sure you bring doggy bags with you on your walks so we can keep our community clean for everyone who wants to get in some exercise with their best mate.”

Cr Hill said dog parks and off-leash areas remained closed, however there were other options available.

“You can still take your dog for a walk in your suburb or at the beach,” she said.

“It’s important that you still give your pet adequate exercise, so make a point of taking your dog for a walk often.”

Cr Hill said all residents had a part to play during this time.

“This is a global pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. I want to thank everyone who has followed the social distancing restrictions that are in place, including those around exercise,” she said.

“Keep enjoying our wonderful parks and your suburbs with your family members and pets as we ride this out together.”

For more information on COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, head to health.qld.gov.au.