Domestic Animal Management


Council's Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021 (PDF 2.6MB) was adopted by Council on 20 September 2017 and sets the action plan for the next four years.

The Plan looks at how we live with cats and dogs and gives Council a direction for management of these domestic animals until 2021.

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.

The themes the Plan is required to address are:

  • Training of Authorised Officers
  • Registration and identification of cats and dogs
  • Nuisance cats and dogs
  • Dog attacks
  • Dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs
  • Overpopulation and high euthanasia
  • Domestic animal businesses

A range of objectives have been developed to address these themes:

  • Review officer training and develop ongoing plans for each officer
  • Increase the number of registered dogs and cats in Bass Coast each year
  • Increase the percentage of desexed animals in Council's database each year
  • Improve the opportunities for animals to be registered with Council
  • Increase off leash areas on beaches and on the mainland
  • Identify inland off leash areas and consider requirements for fencing
  • Improve understanding in the community of sunset to sunrise cat curfew and investigate the pros and cons of 24 hour cat containment and present a report to Councillors for decision
  • Improve community understanding of nuisance provisions relating to animals in Domestic Animals Act and Council Local Law
  • Increased community awareness in relation to what is a dog attack and how to report them
  • Increased community awareness in relation to what a dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dog is
  • Review Council procedures in relation to dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs
  • Increase numbers of desexed cats registered with Council and reduce the number of unwanted cats surrendered to Council's shelter
  • Identify ways to improve support to 84y (registered rescue group) agreement holders
  • All domestic animal businesses in municipality will be identified and registered
  • All registered businesses are compliant with current legislation and relevant code of practice

You can download the current Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021 (PDF 2.6MB) 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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