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I could be a lot richer collecting $1 from all those who have told me to ‘get f****ed’ with their ‘companion animal’ being where they’re not supposed to be, or exhibiting inappropriate behaviour even where they are allowed their freedom.

It seems to me that so many animals have not had any sort of training, apart the occasional ‘on leash’. 

We have had our chickens harassed, one killed in our front yard, with nothing more than a good behaviour ‘bond’ put on the dog. No compensation, no apology from the owner – refer to my opening line. As of this consequence we’ve not felt confident to have our own chickens again.

Where are Council rangers in all this? Ms Norley’s figures quoted (Echo 4 May) says it is all about the inadequacy of policing the Shire’s policies pertaining to the Companion Animal Act. 

I’ve lived in South Golden Beach since 2000 and have seen the ranger three, possibly four times.

A rumour abounds that the head of that Council department is a dog owner, could this be a cause for…?

Ralph Johnston, South Golden Beach

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  1. It’s because we use to be allowed to police ourselves, especially before 1996. If an animal was killing one of your animals, you could kill it first. It was called defence of self and others. But we are too far left for that now. I’m sure the government will fix everything. We just need more government, bigger government. One day dogs will be allowed to kill you and only get a good behaviour bond. Cause your just a human. I’m sure the Green will run a tree rat for parliament one day. Why not, Caligula made his horse a Senator and he was far left. That’s where all of this is goes. Happened every time for thousands of years.

    • FYI your “defence of self and others” (if it was ever called that) still applies in rural areas defending livestock from roaming dog attacks, but hey any excuse to have another anti-leftie crap rant go for it.
      As for Byron Council’s policies regarding companion animals, they can’t even manage to enforce their own cat and dog prohibitions that were development consent conditions in places like Lilli Pilli Dr in Byron and Mia Ct in North Ocean Shores – as evident from my few visits to human companions there. So much for biodiversity protection in your own backyard through thoughtful policies and management strategies. If BSC management is blaming under-resourcing for the ever-growing issue, it has occurred through BSC choices not to prioritise them.


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