Ban fireworks? Fine, get rid of nuisance dogs too

LETTER

People largely enjoy fireworks once a year. There’s a bit of noise I’ll agree and a few folk are hell-bent on stretching festivities out to Christmas; these types are few and far between thankfully.

I have had to listen to neighbours’ barking, whining dogs throughout the year. I’m sure I’m not alone in having encountered stray dogs wandering, sometimes in packs, and causing a safety risk to drivers and pedestrians. Then there is the ever-present possibility of stepping on a strategically deposited turd whilst on a walk.

Every year at this time, animal owners create a lot of noise about fireworks whilst ignoring the nuisance they and their pets pose throughout the year.

If they want to get rid of fireworks, fine. In return I demand the elimination of nuisance dogs.

John Fricker

People largely enjoy fireworks once a year. There’s a bit of noise I’ll agree and a few folk are hell-bent on stretching festivities out to Christmas; these types are few and far between thankfully.

I have had to listen to neighbours’ barking, whining dogs throughout the year. I’m sure I’m not alone in having encountered stray dogs wandering, sometimes in packs, and causing a safety risk to drivers and pedestrians. Then there is the ever-present possibility of stepping on a strategically deposited turd whilst on a walk.

Every year at this time, animal owners create a lot of noise about fireworks whilst ignoring the nuisance they and their pets pose throughout the year.

If they want to get rid of fireworks, fine. In return I demand the elimination of nuisance dogs.

John Fricker

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Don - 14 days ago
Yes, we are so blessed in Gisborne - you don't even have to own a dog to get dog crap on your lawn. There should be a law that you have suitable fencing before you can have a dog or face the fines. A well cared for and looked after dog should not whine and carry on unless they get frightened with fireworks etc, then they have good cause to whine and bark. You are right, far too many dogs wandering and there is always one thing missing - yes, they have got no little tags around their necks. Come on GDC, have a round up and get these mongrels off our streets. As for fireworks, ban the things as we will get them every night now till afterChristmas - or make them illegal to let off after the 5th of November. There should be one organised event like the Speedway and that be it - no fireworks in town. But that's just my opinion. Unless these comments and any other ones are supported, nothing will happen.

wasn't me..... - 13 days ago
And at the same time ban people from having more kids, "or own a dog" - they roam at night and are a public nuisance too......

Judith Collie, Qld - 13 days ago
In response to John Fricker, maybe we could get rid of nuisance children at the same time - dogs might leave their little "barker's nests" along the way, unlike unruly children and adults who leave used needles, dirty clothes and human waste where they have been. I know what I would rather have on my front lawn.

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