Sydney dog walker seen with seven dogs while riding a bike in Bondi Beach reveals unknown law

A dog walker in Sydney’s Bondi Beach area has inadvertently revealed an unknown law after being spotted walking approximately seven dogs at once — all while riding a bike.

A photo of the dog walker was shared to a local Facebook group, in a now-deleted post.

Many commenters said the woman was simply walking “too many dogs”.

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“That’s so sad for these poor dogs,” one person said.

But others said the dogs looked “happy” and that the walker was a “legend”.

A dog walker in Sydney’s Bondi Beach area has divided local opinion after being spotted walking approximately seven dogs at once. Credit: Facebook

“Do the owners know this is how the dogs are being walked,” one person asked.

Other locals replied that the walker is a regular in the area and seems to walk the same dogs frequently.

“The clients all know how they are being walked,” another person said. “And are obviously happy with it.”

But others said, regardless of whether the owners are happy, the dog walker’s actions in this instance were illegal.

“It’s illegal to walk more than four dogs at the time,” one person commented.

According to the Companion Animals Act of 1998, a dog in a public place “must be under the effective control of some competent person”.

A dog is “not considered to be under the effective control of a person if the person has more than four dogs under his or her control”.

Illegal act

“It is a fineable offence to walk more than four dogs at a time,” a Waverley Council spokesperson told

This applies to professional dog walkers, the spokesperson said.

“It is also against the law for bike riders to lead an animal on a leash, while the bicycle is moving.”

A bicycle rider “must not lead an animal, including by tethering the animal to the bicycle, unless the rider is permitted to do so under another law of this jurisdiction” according to NSW Road Rules.

“Rangers are attempting to identify the woman in the photo and have asked anyone with information to contact the Council,” the spokesperson said.

“Walking dogs in this manner can be physically distressing and dangerous for animals, as well as for the public.

“It also casts a negative light on those professional dog walkers who operate within the law and do the right thing by their clients and their clients’ pets.”

For more information about caring for pets and animals in Waverley Council, visit their website.

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