Gardeners kick up a stink over doggy 'land mines'

WATCH your step, Toowoomba.

Council is considering a ban on dogs from two of the city's best public gardens due to lazy pet owners not doing their duty.

Queens Park's Botanic Gardens and Laurel Bank Park are both in the firing line as dogs continue to do what dogs do best.

Cr Sue Englart said their deserted territorial markings were not the only problem with dug-up garden beds causing major concerns in the lead-up to the Carnival of Flowers.

"Gardeners have complained to me that dogs are running through there and leaving what they call 'land mines'," she said.

"Watch your step Gary! It's a live one!" Gavin Ryan

One such area is at Queens Park, though nearby residents like Alan Cook still like to take their pets on garden tours.

"The whole idea of parks is to get people walking around and enjoying themselves," he said.

Should dogs be banned from Queens Park Botanic Gardens and Laurel Bank Park?

This poll ended on 15 September 2013.

Current Results

Yes

61%

No

38%

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

"It sounds like council is just doing something for the sake of looking busy.

"I am totally against it."

No moves have been taken to ban dogs from any areas other than the two aforementioned public gardens.

Alan Cook says a move which would forbid him to walk Milo the maltese-cavalier through the Botanic Gardens reeks of bureaucracy.
Alan Cook says a move which would forbid him to walk Milo the maltese-cavalier through the Botanic Gardens reeks of bureaucracy. Nev Madsen

That dogs must be kept on leashes (and out of garden beds) and failing to come armed with a plastic bag can result in fines does not seem a consideration for many not-so-diligent pet owners.

Council resolved yesterday to "look into" whether local laws could be amended to enforce the ban and eliminate the underfoot obstacles.

Really, there is not much one can say on the matter that has not already been said better by American stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

"Dogs are the leaders of the planet," he decided.

"If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?"



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