Domestic Animal Management

walking_the_dog_2_(1).jpgCouncil's Domestic Animal Management Plan 2012-2016 (PDF 864kb) was adopted by Council in July 2012.

The Plan looks at how we live with cats, dogs and other domestic pets and gives Council a direction for management of domestic animals until 2016.

One of the main objectives of the Plan is to assist the community with responsible pet ownership. It also helps us deliver a professional, consistent and proactive approach to domestic animal management practices.

Key issues covered in the Plan include:

  • Dogs on beaches
  • Off leash areas
  • Dangerous and restricted dog breeds
  • Desexing and microchipping

A range of objectives have been developed to address these issues, they include strategies for

  • evaluating animal control services
  • promoting and encouraging responsible pet ownership
  • ensuring compliance with the Domestic Animals Act and Regulations
  • minimising the risk of dog attacks
  • addressing the over population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats
  • encouraging registration and identification of dogs and cats
  • minimising the potential for nuisance
  • identifying dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs
  • reviewing all existing orders and local laws that relate to dogs and cats
  • identifying programs for training of authorised animal management officers
  • providing for the periodic evaluation of programs and service strategies

You can download the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2012-2016 (PDF 864kb) or pick up a copy at any of our Customer Service Centres. For more information please contact our Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

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