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Roaming dogs safety hazard

A regular jogger and Helderberg resident considers beaches in Strand, dangerous. This follows two instances where the resident was almost bitten by roaming dogs on the beach.

According to the resident who approached DistrictMail and preferred to remain anonymous, the dogs roaming around free on the beach have been a very big problem experienced regularly, especially at low tide and at areas where it is prohibited. Along Strand beaches the resident counted a total of 30 dogs that were roaming around unleashed. “I have written to Carl Punt, the ward councillor, numerous times and in one of the responses he said that there are not enough Law Enforcement officers to guard the beach area,” says the resident.

The resident claimed that she was almost bitten by two unleashed dogs while jogging at the beach on two occasions. “I am almost scared to jog on the beach because I don’t know when dogs are going to come at me. The beach is a public space and I don’t feel safe anymore.”

Following the incident, the frustrated resident approached Law Enforcement officers at the beach who dealt with the issue by dispersing the dogs and requesting their owners to leave the beach.

DistrictMail approached the City of Cape Town and Punt for comment on these allegations and Richard Bosman, executive director for safety and security of the City of Cape Town confirmed that dogs are not allowed on the beach and that Law Enforcement officers have a wide area to patrol which includes Gordon’s Bay up to Kogel Bay and the Macassar area.

He also added that resources are evenly spread to cover all the areas and Law Enforcement cannot stand down in an area for the duration of the day as officers also have to respond to complaints in residential areas.

However, it does not mean that they do not deal with dogs being walked illegally on the beach. Should officers come across such a transgression, they will take action. Officers have been applying the by-law with regard to dogs on the beach.

To report an incident, dial 107 from a landline or 021 4807 700 from a cellphone.

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