Dog owner's warning: Be vigilant on poison bait
A CONCERNED dog-lover has warned other owners to remain vigilant while enjoying one of the Coast's premier pooch positions.
Currimundi resident Krissi Potter was walking her beloved border collie Chloe last week, a routine, daily walk, when her inquisitive dog went for a piece of raw chicken left on the soccer grounds at Gothic Parade.
The pair was en route to Lake Currimundi, when Chloe went for what she thought was a tasty snack.
Ms Potter was not so sure; concerned it may have been an attempt by a frustrated resident to "bait" one of the neighbourhood pets.
"It's the first time I've seen food left out like that so I certainly removed it," she said.
"She (Chloe) was a bit lethargic the next day."
Ms Potter said after speaking with a number of other local dog owners, there was shared concern about other possible attempts to poison local dogs.
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She felt it may be a result of a large number of dog owners who did not follow the rules around Lake Currimundi, and said she was disappointed if irresponsible ownership was jeopardising the safety of other dogs being properly looked after.
"It's not an off-leash area and there are a lot of people that don't do the right thing, so I totally understand people's frustration. I get really frustrated with it myself," she said.
Ms Potter said regardless, there was no need to take measures like baiting.
"The animals die for a human choice," she said.
"It would be better if people could address issues directly with each other, rather than resorting to baiting if that's what they're doing."
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she did not condone residents taking matters into their own hands, encouraging locals to try to resolve issues amicably or contact the council directly.
"I'd rather that the neighbourly thing was done first then it goes through the council if it has to," she said.
"It (baiting) is dangerous for wildlife and even potentially for young children."
Divisional Councillor Peter Cox said he hadn't heard of any instances of baiting in the area, but encouraged anyone who did come across what they suspected to be baiting to contact the council immediately.
"If people here come across it then they should notify us so we can send response service officers to check it out," he said.
Cr Cox said if dog baiting was proven to be taking place, appropriate action would be taken by the council.
Fellow Currimundi resident Paul Chapman, who relocated to the area from the UK, said he would be keeping a much keener eye on his two terriers in future.
"There was a bit of a threatening letter left on a post in the Currimundi park not long ago so I'll be telling the dog trainers to keep an eye out as well," he said.
To report baiting call the council on 5475 7272.