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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 21st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 22, 2009 11 NEWS Our dogs may bark but they rarely bite FIONA BRADY Vet nurse Millissa Agius with a not-so-scary dog Winston. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~pP235634 STRATHFIELD'S canines are top dogs for good behaviour, council statistics show. Only one minor incident -- involving a dog nipping at someone's heels -- was recorded in the past year, a Strathfield Council spokesman said. And it would appear that there are very few delinquent dogs in the other Inner West council areas either. Burwood Council could only supply fig- ures for the past six months, but a spokes- man said that over that period there had only been six incidents of a ''minor nature''. Five of them involved dogs biting other dogs, while the sixth complaint was over a dog chasing a postal worker. Luckily for the postie, the dog didn't make contact. However, the Inner-West Weekly recorded a dog attack on a child at Burwood early last year. Canada Bay's dogs were slightly naughtier. A council spokeswoman said the council had recorded 10 incidents of a dog harassing an individual -- although no attacks or injuries were reported. ''In eight of these cases council received insufficient information and was unable to confirm the identity of the dog or owner, or the complainant did not wish to take the matter further,'' the spokeswoman said. ''In the remaining two cases it was found upon investigation that the dogs were playing and the owners were issued with a fine for not having their dog under effective control.'' The council also investigated 22 dog attacks on animals during the same period. None of the dogs were found to be dangerous but the owners were fined for not controlling their dogs. An Ashfield Council spokeswoman said there had been three ''relatively minor'' incidents involving people and one involv- ing another animal. Tips for puppy love A FIVE Dock vet nurse says people should think about their lifestyle before choos- ing a dog. Millissa Agius, the practice manager of Happy Tails Veterinary Hospital in Five Dock, said people should think about whether they live in an apartment or a house, whether they have children and how much free time they have. She said puppies should be trained from about six weeks of age, and recommended puppy preschool and training throughout life. Ms Agius said every dog owner should do what's best for their dog. ''If your dog is timid, always keep it on a lead,'' she said. ''If it is not socialised or bites, don't take it to dog parks. ''If your dog's misbehaviour results in any sort of accident, injury or similar incident, you must take full responsibility for that behaviour.'' Council extends anthem FIONA BRADY IN a fit of patriotism, Ashfield Council has voted to sing not one but two verses of the national anthem at all of its citizenship ceremonies from Australia Day. The issue was raised by Labor councillor Lucille McKenna in a notice of motion at a council meeting late last year. Cr McKenna said the second verse of the anthem which includes the lines ''for those who've come by seas we've boundless plains to share'' was particularly relevant to those becoming Australian citizens and should be part of every ceremony. Traditionally only one verse of the an- them is sung at citizenship ceremonies. Although Labor councillor Alex Lofts joked that that he thought the second verse was ''dum, dum, dum'', councillors unani- mously supported the motion. A printed copy of the anthem will be supplied for anyone -- like Cr Lofts -- who has trouble remembering the words. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free; We've golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea; Our land abounds in nature's gifts Of beauty rich and rare; In history's page, let every stage Advance Australia Fair. In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair. Beneath our radiant Southern Cross We'll toil with hearts and hands; To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned of all the lands; For those who've come across the seas We've boundless plains to share; With courage let us all combine To Advance Australia Fair. In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair.
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