No more barking dogs in Murweh

MURWEH Shire Council has adopted new legislation that will allow it more powers to protect people's sleep.

The new legislation is modelled on a Brisbane City Council by-law. It slugs the owners of a dog that bark more than six minutes an hour in the day or three minutes every half an hour at night with a fine.

Director of Environmental and Health Services Richard Ranson told council last month the legislation is necessary as council lacked the power to punish the owners of problem dogs.

"Most of the power this is going to give us is to hit them with a fine," Mr Ranson said.

The legislation was adopted unanimously at council on Thursday, October 8.

The fines expected under the new legislation is likely to be similar to punishments for wandering dogs, which is $220 for the first offence.


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