Getting out for a walk and some fresh air is necessary during Alert Level 4, but Hamilton City Council’s Animal
Education and Control has an important message for all dog owners – keep your dog on a lead at all times.
“This goes for all parks and open spaces including our off-lead dog parks,” says Animal Education and Control Manager,
“We’re seeing increasing numbers of people out walking their dogs which is great, but at the same time there have been
several dog attacks, as well as a dog fight involving three dogs, happen this past week in our parks. These have been
due to dogs being off lead.”
“These attacks and fights then necessitate the owners getting closer than the social distance guidelines, putting
themselves and others at risk of cross contamination.”
The risk of cross contamination also extends to touching other people’s dogs. While it’s not likely the spread of
COVID-19 from animal to animal can occur, it is possible for them to have the virus on their fur through human contact.
It’s important to not touch other people’s animals or allow your children to touch them and always remember to wash your
hands when you get home – treat your pets as if they are part of your bubble.
“We all have a part to play here to keep everyone safe, so during this lockdown period walk with your dogs on a lead at
all times and keep your walks to your local neighbourhood,” says Ms Stanford.