Kerrie Burn (left) and Shannon Apps of Goonellabah with their dogs Indi and Max (centre) in the Lismore off-leash area near the Ballina Rd Bridge where they believe the grass is too long.
Kerrie Burn (left) and Shannon Apps of Goonellabah with their dogs Indi and Max (centre) in the Lismore off-leash area near the Ballina Rd Bridge where they believe the grass is too long. Jacklyn Wagner

Unmown grass a pet health hazard

RESIDENTS who walk their dogs in the local dog park near Ballina Rd bridge are claiming the park is once again a dog's breakfast but it's certainly not a feast for the local pooches prevented from playing by overgrown grass.

Local dog owners claim the park was last fully mowed in December and since heavy rains in January, the grass has been left to grow, creating what they say is now a health hazard for their pets.

"Several dogs have ended up with skin irritations in joints around their legs and owners have had to take their dogs to the vet," said local dog owner and park user, David Noble.

"They mowed a mower-wide strip around the park border and then cut grass around the base of trees about 30cm, but inside it's still half a metre high."

Mr Noble says his border collie, Max, needs large space to run and the dog park is the only place to exercise his dog.

A Lismore City Council representative said the rains in February meant mowing schedules were behind.

"We are working as quickly as we can. The normal mowing schedule for high-use parks like this one will be back on track by next week."

The council has told The Northern Star it will be mowing the dog park today which is great news for Max and his doggie friends.



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