Domestic Animal Management

Help us to develop the new Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021

During May, we're keen to hear from you about matters such as the promotion of responsible domestic pet ownership, increased registration and identification of dogs and cats, and the protection of the community and the environment from nuisance dogs and cats.
You can give us your thoughts by:

  • Completing an online survey
  • Calling the Community Health and Wellbeing team during business hours on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Or by attending any of the following sessions:

  • Cowes shopping Centre (Woolworths) on Tuesday, 16 May from 11.00am to 2.00pm
  • Wonthaggi Plaza on Thursday, 18 May from 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Grantville Market on Sunday, 28 May from 8.00am to 2.00pm

walking_the_dog_2_(1).jpgCouncil's Domestic Animal Management Plan 2012-2016 (PDF 864kb) was adopted by Council in July 2012 and is currently under review (see above).

The Plan looks at how we live with cats and dogs and gave Council a direction for management of these 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 current 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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