CHILDREN and sports people are falling victim to irresponsible dog owners leaving dog poo on community playing fields.
Sunshine Coast Coast Council has a message for dog owners across the Sunshine Coast: Sports fields are not dog off-leash areas.
Palmwoods Warriors Football Club president Tim Falkingham said he had seen first hand the direct effects of having dogs running free on their sports fields.
"Our volunteers spend many hours walking the fields trying to locate and get rid of dog poo," he said.
"On many occasions this year we had incidents of children training and coming into direct contact with it.
"As you can imagine, this was very unpleasant for both the child and the parent.
"One of the main concerns of our club is the amount of dogs that are off-leash, as this can create a dangerous situation for our members."
The council has requested those taking their dog out for a walk run or play to steer clear of sports fields.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor, Jenny McKay, said local sports fields were managed and maintained by dedicated volunteers.
"Before games and training, the volunteers often have to pick up mess from dogs that has been left behind by irresponsible dog owners," she said.
"If the volunteers accidentally miss some, children and players end up stepping in it, or worse, getting tackled in it."
Some clubs are happy for people to exercise dogs on their sports field, however the dog must be on a lead and owners must carry a doggie bag, pick up after their dogs and dispose of the bag appropriately.
Dog owners need to be mindful that local clubs have the right to ban dogs from their sports fields, so make sure you check the signage or fines may apply.
During training or game times, dogs are never allowed on sports fields, lead or no lead, as they pose a risk to players and officials.
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