Beach signage on dog walking is upgraded

Rusana Philander

The city of Cape Town has upgraded its signage on beaches after a two-year-old girl was attacked by a Rotweiler on Clifton beach last week.

Keegen Peters and Chanelle Lackay, the parents of two-year-old Meeka, laid a charge at the Camps Bay police station. James Lech, the dog’s owner, was walking the dog along the Clifton First Beach shoreline when the incident happened. The dog has since been impounded. The city said Lech contravened the law by bringing the dog on to the beach outside of the legally permitted period. Lech received a R1500 fine.

According to Neil Arendse, from the city of Cape Town’s law enforcement services, all signage boards relating to the walking of dogs on beaches are being upgraded. “Some people are saying that they cannot see the signs on the beaches. But the signs have been there forever. The new ones will also include a map of the areas on beaches where dogs can be walked,” he said.

Tandeka Gqada, mayoral committee member for community services, said the signage on Clifton First Beach stated that no dogs were allowed on the beach from 9am to 6pm from November 1 to April 30 but could be walked on a leash from 6pm-9am and at any time from May 1 to October 31.

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