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