‘Paws’ for thought before hitting the beach

RESTRICTIONS: Before you head to the beach with your pooch this summer, make sure you check out the rules.

Restrictions on walking dogs at Bay area beaches are back in place for the summer.

If you’re contemplating heading to the seaside with your favourite four-legged friend, the city council is suggesting you follow the beachside rules – or you could find yourself slapped with a fine from the city council.

The restrictions are in place from 9am to 7pm starting November 1 until the end of March

Sumner and Taylor’s Mistake beaches and Lyttelton Harbour and Peninsula beach and foreshore areas are all affected.

Dogs can pass through the prohibited areas only if they are on a short leash.

“It’s important to follow the rules as enforcement officers will patrol the region’s beaches over the holiday period, so dog owners can expect a fine if they bring their dogs to these spots,” city council animal management team leader Mark Vincent said.

Dogs are prohibited between Sumner Surf Life Saving Club and Cave Rock, and 50 metres either side of the Taylor’s Mistake Surf Life Saving Club.

In Lyttelton harbour, dogs are prohibited from the beach and foreshore at Cass Bay, Corsair Bay, Sandy Bay, Paradise Bay, Hays Bay, Diamond Harbour and Purau.

And on the peninsula, from the beach and foreshore at Akaroa, French Farm, Le Bon’s Bay, Little Akaloa, Okain’s Bay, Port Levy and Tikao Bay.

-Newsline CC