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No dog-walking without leashes or permits along Table Mountain National Park

31 October 2019 3:41 PM
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An official at the South African National Parks explains what rules apply when walking dogs along the national park area.

Dog owners are required to have a leash and permit to walk their pets through Table Mountain National Park.

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has a code of conduct which outlines the rules for dog walkers in the park.

The SanParks rules are as follows:

  • A My Activity Permit is required for dog walking
  • Dogs taken into the park must be under the effective control of the handler at all times
  • If there is an incident, the dog may be deemed to be out of control and the handler can be held liable
  • Dog handlers must always carry a leash
  • Dogs must be leashed while passing through designated areas
  • Dog handlers must remove their dog’s faeces from paths, car parks and any other demarcated areas
  • Dog handlers must ensure that their dogs do not injure or kill any wildlife
  • Aggressive dogs must be muzzled
  • No more than two dogs per person may be taken into the park without special permission

Complaints to CapeTalk prompted a discussion about the etiquette of dog-walkers along the scenic outdoor hotspot.

SANParks spokesperson Lauren Howard-Clayton says there is clear signage indicating that dogs must be leashed.

Howard-Clayton says park rangers and other local groups are on the lookout for dog-walkers who contravene the rules.

If you look at the various areas that you step into with your dogs, there are signs up that say dogs must be leashed.

Lauren Howard-Clayton, Regional communications manager for SANParks

There are also signs that say to pick up after your dog as you walk in the park.

Lauren Howard-Clayton, Regional communications manager for SANParks

Our rangers, where visible, do check whether you have your activity permit.

Lauren Howard-Clayton, Regional communications manager for SANParks

Our rangers have intervened where dogs were fighting with each other and rangers could not control them.

Lauren Howard-Clayton, Regional communications manager for SANParks

SANParks says dog walkers are encouraged to show consideration towards other park users and visitors.

Read the full SanParks guide on walking dogs here.

Listen to the discussion on Lunch with Pippa Hudson:


31 October 2019 3:41 PM
Tags:
SANParks
Dogs
Pets
Table Mountain National Park
dog-walking
walking dogs

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