IT WAS puppies galore at Griffith City Library’s first dog safety event on Wednesday morning. Parents and children got the chance to meet with Angus, Daisy, Tiny, and Rosie. Council Ranger Melissa Marin, with the assistance of her stuffed animal companion, S.P.O.T. (Safe Pet Out There), gave the presentation.
The event was put together by the library after growing concerns from recent dog attacks in the city at the beginning of the year.
People and Programs Team Leader, Abby Molloy, commented that as children are likely to trust dogs, they may not understand a strange dog’s behaviour.
“Most kids grow up around dogs and that might be where their false sense of security comes from. They think it’s like their dog at home and it’s not going to bite them if they go and pat it,” said Ms Molloy.
“The parents are really on board with teaching kids that not every dog is the same. That’s what today’s all about.”
Sharmaine Delgado and her three children James, Pip, and Lucy found the event to be very informative. It was unanimously agreed that Tiny was their favourite dog of the day.
“He’s small and cute,” James and Pip said.
Bookings for the event were limited to 30 places and there was a wait list of 10.
The library is considering putting together more events for upcoming holidays.