I am so not game to let my dog off lead on our footpaths.
Too many cats. Not enough control.
And she can leap my front fence in a single bound and then be a real PITA to catch - because she has important sniffing and cat hunting to be done. And she's really rude to anyone who walks along our footpath like she owns the whole street and they have to pay a toll sniff/pat before they may pass.
And dogs must be on lead on footpaths in SA.