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Action plan – dog attacks



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Action plan – dog attacks


Objective 1: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to the prevention of Dog Attacks (Education/Promotional Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

  • Raise awareness of risk of dog attacks in the home, in the street and in parks and how to reduce these risks through:

      • Distribution of brochures, factsheets and other material developed by the Bureau of Animal Welfare and/or Council, regarding dog attacks

      • Information included with registration renewals

      • Pet care/pet expo days

      • Actively promoting the Bureau of Animal Welfare Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Schools Programs (www.pets.dpi.vic.gov.au/01/main.htm) which address living with dogs and minimising risk of dog attacks, and the ‘We Are Family’ ‘from pregnancy to pre-school’ Program (www.dpi.vic.gov.au/pets/environment-and-community/we-are-family).

      • Providing information to vets, pet shops, breeders, shelters, etc, to display and/or hand out

      • Council’s social media (Facebook, Twitter)

Ongoing throughout each year.

Reduction in the number of dog attacks

Less dogs and cats at large

Reduction in the number of nuisance animal complaints


  • Provide residents with information on how to report dog attacks – if bitten or witness an attack on a person or animal

  • Promote and encourage the reporting of dog attacks whether on public or private property

Ongoing throughout each year.

Media releases

Council website

Council magazine


  • Identify clearly public places that are off-leash areas, areas in which dogs are required to be effectively controlled/on-leash, and areas in which dogs are prohibited

  • Promote effective confinement and control of dogs

Quarterly

Ongoing


Media releases

Council website

Council magazine

Face to face contact

Media releases

Council website

Council magazine

Face to face contact



Objective 2: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to the prevention of Dog Attacks (Compliance Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Develop dog attack investigation and enforcement policy and procedures.

Dec 2012

Ensures consistency

Respond to/attend dog attack reports as a matter of urgency as a top priority for AMOs.

Ongoing

Ensures public safety

Conduct regular patrols to make sure dogs are confined to premises.

Ongoing

Day to day process

Promotes compliance

AMOs visible to public


Report outcomes of major dog attack prosecutions to local media to raise awareness in the community of the need to report dog attacks and Council’s action in relation to attacks.

Ongoing

Public interest

Demonstrates Councils stance



Warn construction workers in new estate areas, etc, of the requirement to prevent their dogs from roaming.

Ongoing

Day to day patrols

Provide an after-hours number to report dog attacks.

Ongoing

Through after hours number

Website


Face to face

DANGEROUS, MENACING AND RESTRICTED BREED DOGS


The purpose of this section is to effectively identify all dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs in that district and to ensure that those dogs are kept in compliance under Section 68A(2)(c)(vii) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Current situation


Declared

2012

Dangerous Dogs

12

Restricted Breed Dogs

2

Menacing Dogs

10

Our Current Orders, Local Laws, Council Policies and Procedures

  • Senior Compliance Services Officer maintains and provides details of Dangerous Dogs, Restricted Breed Dogs and Menacing Dogs on the Victorian Declared Dog Registry (VDDR) (s.44AE).

  • Dogs must be on leash at all times unless in designated off-leash zones (Cardinia Shire Council Local Law 10 s. 26(2)(b)(i)).

  • After Hours Procedure that manages all requests that come in after hours.

  • Dealing with difficult people procedure.

  • Cardinia Shire Council’s Local Law 10

Refer Appendix A and G

Our Current Education/Promotion Activities



  • Quarterly media releases in all local newspapers, on Council’s website and Cardinia ‘Connect’ Magazine advocating to the public to choose pets carefully.

  • Media releases to inform the public of Council’s prosecution results.

  • New residents pack.

  • Web site information to report all dog attacks immediately

  • Brochure sent to all dog owners “Things you should know about restricted breed dogs.”

Our Current Compliance Activities

  • Unscheduled audits of all properties housing declared dangerous, restricted breed and menacing dogs.

  • Daily patrolling by all Compliance Services Officers of all areas of municipality to monitor dog behaviours and possible breaches relating to dogs being walked off-lead.

  • Senior Compliance Services Officer maintains and provides details of Dangerous Dogs, Restricted Breed Dogs and Menacing Dogs on the Victorian Declared Dog Registry (VDDR) (s.44AE).

  • Investigations when the public reports possible restricted breed dogs.

  • Monitoring of owners when such declared dogs are being walked, random checking of housing, and random checking of restraint requirements.

  • After investigations have occurred regarding breaches to the keeping of declared dogs, where applicable, prosecution referral is implemented.

Summary

Cardinia Shire Council’s current stance relating to dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs is received well by the community, since the update in legislation, there has been quite a few enquires and reports made by members of the public relating to possible restricted breed dogs. All enquires have been dealt with immediately and on every occasion the complainant has been informed every step of the way.

The Compliance Services stance relating to the monitoring of declared dogs is very strict, with on the spot checks, and formal inspections, to ensure compliance and overall public safety. All breaches are dealt with through enforcement, through the issue of infringement notices or lodgement before a Magistrate.




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