JACQUI FAIRFAX was left scratching her head Wednesday when a Fremantle ranger hopped out of her “eyes on the streets” van to talk to her about her pug.
Her tiny snuffler was on a retractable lead during their Esplanade park stroll, and Ms Fairfax had yellow poo bags in hand, so she wondered why the ranger was beetling over.
“She said she wanted to warn me not to let the lead extend past two metres,” the Henry Street local told the Herald, which had been breakfasting at the Carriage cafe and witnessed the bewildering exchange.
“She wasn’t thanking me for doing the right thing with Pig on a lead and having the bags in hand, she was talking to me like a school girl.”
The exasperated West End local says it’s the second time Freo rangers have gone out of their way to pre-emptively warn her about leash length.
“The other time was early in the morning and there was absolutely no-one in sight. They drove across the reserve to tell me to keep the lead under two metres.
“When I asked why, they said because it might be dangerous for passers-by. There was no-one around! There are so many dogs that run around not on leads, why would they single him out?”
Council media bugle Jason Cunningham says rangers pride themselves on educating the public.
“In both these instances they were merely ensuring the person was aware of the…rule to avoid any future issues,” he says.
But Ms Fairfax says the exchange ruined her morning walk. “They were over-zealous…I was doing the right thing, minding my own business.”
There was something off about uniformed authorities stopping people from going about their business to warn them about laws they hadn’t broken.
by JENNY D’ANGER