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Action plan - overpopulation and high euthanasia


Objective 1: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to Overpopulation and High Euthanasia (Education/Promotion Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Pet Expo - Continue registration and micro chipping programs to ensure pet cats and dogs can be returned to their owners to reduce euthanasia rates.

Annually

(Pet Expo)



Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.


Promote confinement of animals to owner’s premises to prevent straying and possible euthanasia, if not registered.

Ongoing

Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.


Promote ‘saving a life’ by adopting cats/dogs from pound or shelter and promote the benefits of adoption from pound or shelter – e.g. usually cheaper than buying from a pet shop, breeder or on-line (especially when taking micro chipping, registration and desexing costs into account).

Annually

Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.

Media releases.

Website.

Council magazine.



Provide and promote first registration free of charge (i.e. registration fee refunded) if animal adopted from pound or shelter.

Ongoing

Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.

Media releases.

Website.

Council magazine.


Objective 2: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to Overpopulation and High Euthanasia (Compliance Activities).



Activity

When

Evaluation

Pet Expo - Continue registration and micro chipping programs to ensure pet cats and dogs can be returned to their owners to reduce euthanasia rates.

Annually

(Pet Expo)



Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.


Promote confinement of animals to owner’s premises to prevent straying and possible euthanasia, if not registered.

Ongoing

Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.


Promote ‘saving a life’ by adopting cats/dogs from pound or shelter and promote the benefits of adoption l from pound or shelter – e.g. usually cheaper than buying from a pet shop, breeder or on-line (especially when taking micro chipping, registration and desexing costs into account).

Annually

Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.

Media releases.

Website.

Council magazine.



Provide and promote first registration free of charge (i.e. registration fee refunded) if animal adopted from pound or shelter.

Ongoing

Promotes compliance.

Assist public.

Convenience for public.

Media releases.

Website.

Council magazine.




DOMESTIC ANIMAL BUSINESSES


Ensure all domestic animal businesses are managed appropriately and comply with Section 68A (2)(c)(ii) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Current situation


Our current data

  • Cardinia Shire Council currently has a total of 14 registered Domestic Animal Businesses (DABs);

  • Nine Boarding Establishments

  • Two Breeding Establishments

  • Three Pet Shops

Random audits are conducted by Compliance Services Officers and annual scheduled audits are also conducted. Quite a few of the establishments attend Councils annual Pet Expo to promote their business.

Our Current Orders, Local Laws, Council Policies and Procedures



  • Cardinia Shire Council currently has no orders in place relating to Domestic Animal Businesses. Therefore, Council acts in accordance with the requirements set in the Act.

Cardinia Shire Council’s Local Law 10

Refer Appendix A, C and D


Council Policies and Procedures relating to Domestic Animal Businesses

  • All Domestic Animal Businesses must be registered with Council as per the Act.

  • The registration fee for Domestic Animal Businesses is $403 pa with CPI increase each year.

  • Information regarding Domestic Animal Businesses is listed on Council’s web site.

  • All Domestic Animal Businesses are audited annually.

  • All Domestic Animal Businesses are subject to random audits.

  • Any new Domestic Animal Businesses must hold a Planning Permit.

  • Animal Management Officers will carry out pre permit inspections, prior to granting a permit.

Our Current Education/Promotion Activities

  • Council provides all Domestic Animal Businesses with a copy of Code of Practice.

  • Council provides information relating to Domestic Animal Businesses on the web page.

  • Any Bureau of Animal Welfare fact sheets are available at the Council offices and distributed to all Domestic Animal Businesses as required.

Our Current Compliance Activities

  • Registration and renewal of all Domestic Animal Businesses situated within the municipal district.

  • Annual and random audits of all Domestic Animal Businesses.

  • Animal Management Officer regularly patrol for newly set up or unregistered Domestic Animal Businesses.

  • Continual monitoring of Supermarket Noticeboards for advertisements relating to animals for sale.

  • Enforcement of breaches in relation to permit conditions, non-compliance and unregistered businesses.

Summary

Council has a strong focus on ensuring that businesses are operating in accordance with the requirements set. Cardinia Shire Council’s Animal Management Officers have kept up with their annual and random inspections of all Domestic Animal Businesses.


Action plan - domestic animal businesses


Objective 1: Annually inspect and audit all registered Domestic Animal Businesses (DABs) and investigate any suspected unregistered business.

Activity

When

Evaluation

Conduct annual inspections of all DABs located within the municipal district.

Annually

Ensure that all DAB’s are in compliance with the Code of Practice.

Conduct random patrols for unregistered DABs.

Ongoing (starting June 2012)

Record any unregistered businesses.

Refer for enforcement to establish compliance.




Follow-up DAB non-compliance issues with information on required actions and timeframe for resolution, further inspections, and prosecutions where necessary.

Ongoing

To ensure compliance.

Develop a policy to deal with audit outcomes relating to DAB’s.

Dec 2013

Record any detected breaches.

Enforce any breaches.

Ensure compliance.


Check local newspapers, vet clinics and the internet to detect any unregistered DABs within the municipal district.

Ongoing

Record any unregistered businesses.

Follow up with enforcement.




Register all identified DAB’s

Annually

Breeding and rearing establishments

Pet Shops

Shelter and Pounds

Boarding establishments.

Dog Training establishments.

OTHER MATTERS


Ensure any other matter that may arise is considered under Section 68A (2) (e) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Current situation


Our current data

The municipal district of the Cardinia Shire Council is located within a bushfire prone area and also a flood prone area, therefore, in recent times there has been some consideration given on how to cater for domestic animals during an emergency relating to fire or flood.

Our Emergency Management Team has implemented several locations within Cardinia to assist animal owners in such emergencies. Council also has engaged several boarding facilities which would cater for animals during these emergencies.

Our Current Orders, Local Laws, Council Policies and Procedures

10. Behaviour in Municipal Buildings

10.1 A person must not, without the consent of the Council or a manager of the building:

10.2 bring any animal into, or allow any animal under his or her control to remain in, a municipal building, except for a guide dog being used by a blind person;

12. Activities Prohibited in Reserves

In a Reserve, a person must not:

12.15 permit a dog owned by him or her, or under his or her control, to be present unless on a leash or in an area designated as an "off the leash" area;


Action plan – other matters


Objective 1: To ensure the safety through management of all domestic animals in emergency situations (Education/Promotion Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Provide advice/brochures/media releases on what to consider for pets in an emergency – include their needs as part of the emergency planning, e.g. food, water, bowls, bedding, cage, medication, registration and micro chipping to help reunite pets with their owners after emergencies, external identification – e.g. collar with registration tag.

Annually

Education.

Builds relationship between Council and the public during emergency situations.



Advise residents of fireworks approved in area to reduce animal fear and escape.

Ongoing

Notification.

Reduces the amount of animals that Council will impound.

Improves relationship.


Provide weblinks to Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTAAct) information, codes (dog and cat private keeping, etc), brochures, etc, via Council’s website.

Annually

Webpage.

Objective 2: To ensure the safety through management of all domestic animals in emergency situations (Compliance Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Review contact list regarding animal emergency planning – Council contacts, shelters, animal welfare organisations, DPI. And work out arrangements with those contacts in the event of emergencies.

Ongoing

Assists all involved in an emergency. CERT teams.

Annual inspection of excess animal permit properties, particularly those with permit for large number of animals.

Ongoing

Monitors compliance.

Reduces breaches of conditions.



Work with DPI’s Wild Dog Controllers as needed.

Ongoing

Builds relationships.

Cross functional benefits.


ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLAN AND ANNUAL REPORTING


68A(3) Every Council must—

(a) review its domestic animal management plan annually and, if appropriate, amend the plan

(b) provide the Department of Primary Industries’ Secretary with a copy of the plan and any amendments to the plan

(c) publish an evaluation of its implementation of the plan in its annual report.


Action plan – annual review of plan and annual reporting


Objective 1: To achieve compliance with Domestic Animals Act Sec 68A (3)

Activity

When

Evaluation

Conduct annual reviews of Domestic Animal Management Plan

November each year

Ensures the content of The Plan meets the current needs of the community and any legislative changes

Update DAMP if required

November each year

Provide the Department of Primary Industries a copy of the plan including any amendments

Our Current Education/Promotion Activities

  • Information as is in body of DAMP.

  • Our Current Compliance Activities

  • Information as is in body of DAMP.

Summary

Since the recent floods and fires within the municipality, Council has needed to pay attention to catering for animals in emergency situations. Council will provide advice/brochures/media releases on what to consider for pets in an emergency – include their needs as part of their emergency planning, e.g. food, water, bowls, bedding, cage, medication, registration and micro chipping to help reunite pets with their owners after emergencies, external identification – e.g. collar with registration tag. Advise residents of approved fireworks in areas to reduce animal fear and escape.

APPENDIX

Cardinia Shire Council’s Local Law 10

Appendix A

Animal Noise

60.1 An owner or occupier of any property shall take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent any:

Animal making a noise; or

Noise caused by an animal being emitted from the property which is in the opinion of an authorised officer deemed to be:

Unreasonable or objectionable to or;

Adversely affect the amenity of a person on other premises

Animal Waste

An owner or person in charge of a dog must:

61.1 not allow any part of that dog’s excrement to remain on any road or public place or any other property not occupied by that person; and

61.2 ensure that the means by which to collect and dispose of that dog’s excrement are arried and used by any person in charge of the dog.

61.3 not allow any animal excrement to be moved (whether by washing, sweeping of otherwise) from any property on to a road.

Penalty: 20 Penalty Units

57. Keeping Animals

57.1 Unless in accordance with a permit, an owner or occupier of any residential property having an area less than or equal to 4,000 m2 must not keep or allow to be kept on any such property (not being a flat) more than 2 dogs or 2 cats.

57.2 Unless in accordance with a permit, an owner or occupier of any residential property having an area greater than 4,000 m2 must not keep or allow to be kept on any such property more than 4 dogs or 4 cats.

57.3 Unless in accordance with a permit, an owner of a residential property having an area less than 1,000 m2 must not keep or allow to be kept on any such property any livestock.

57.4 This Clause does not apply where a town planning permit under the Cardinia Planning Scheme has been issued for the keeping of animals.

57.5 Despite the provisions of this Clause an authorised officer may allow a greater number of animals to be kept on premises.

Penalty: 20 Penalty Units

Appendix B

58. Keeping Animals in a flat

Unless in accordance with a permit, a person must not keep in any flat any animal in conditions that would cause a nuisance to other persons.

Penalty: 20 Penalty Units


Appendix C

59. Animal Buildings and cleanliness

59.1 A person must not:

59.1.1 erect or use; or

59.1.2 allow the erection or use on any property occupied by him of a kennel, poultry house or pigeon loft unless it is:

59.1.2.1 at least 1 metres from the boundary of any adjoining premises, and

59.1.2.2 in the case of a poultry house or a pigeon loft, at least 3 metres from any neighbouring dwelling

59.2 a person must not keep on any property

59.2.1 any poultry other than in a poultry house; and

59.2.2 any pigeons other than in a pigeon loft.

59.3 An owner or occupier of any property on which an animal is kept shall ensure that the part of the property in which the animal is kept or which is used by the animal is maintained

59.3.1 in a clean, inoffensive and sanitary condition;

59.3.2 so as not to cause a nuisance to any person or to be offensive, injurious to health or dangerous.

59.3.3 provided with adequate clean drinking water

59.3.4 provided with adequate sustenance to the satisfaction of Council’s Authorised Officer.

59.4 An owner or occupier of property on which any stallion, colt, bull, stag or other large sexually entire male animal is kept must ensure that it is kept in an escape proof enclosure to the satisfaction of an authorised officer.

59.5 An owner or occupier of property on which any animal is kept must ensure that all food for consumption by animals is kept or stored in rodent proof receptacles or rodent proof buildings.

Appendix D

60. Animal Noise

60.1 An owner or occupier of any property shall take all reasonable steps

necessary to prevent any:

60.1.1 animal making a noise; or

60.1.2 noise caused by an animal being emitted from the property which is in the opinion of an authorized officer deemed to be

60.1.2.1 unreasonable or objectionable to or;

60.1.2.2 adversely affect the amenity of a person on other

premises


60.2 For the purposes of Clause 61.1, in assessing whether noise is unreasonable, objectionable or adversely affecting the amenity, regard must be had to

60.2.1 its volume, intensity or duration; and

60.2.2 the time, place and other circumstances in which it is emitted.

Appendix E

61. Animal Waste

An owner or person in charge of a dog must:

61.1 not allow any part of that dog’s excrement to remain on any road or

public place or any other property not occupied by that person; and

61.2 ensure that the means by which to collect and dispose of that dog’s

excrement are carried and used by any person in charge of the dog.

61.3 not allow any animal excrement to be moved (whether by washing,

sweeping or otherwise) from any property on to a road.

Penalty: 20 Penalty Units

Appendix F

62. Animals on Roads

62.1 Accept in accordance with Clause 63 the owner of livestock must not

permit any livestock to graze or be driven on any road without a permit.

62.2 Any livestock found grazing or travelling on any road without any

person apparently in control of such livestock may be impounded by an

authorised officer.

62.3 The owner of livestock grazing or travelling on any road must

immediately comply with any direction of an authorised officer to move

such livestock off the road.

62.4 The owner of livestock must not permit that livestock to graze on any

land that abuts a road unless such land is fenced with a fence sufficient

to prevent such livestock from leaving the said land and entering that

abutting road or adjoining property.

62.5 An authorised officer may by Notice to Comply direct the occupier of

any property which is used for the grazing of any livestock or the

keeping of any animal to repair or replace any fence to prevent such

livestock or animal on such property from entering any adjacent road or

adjoining property.

62.6 Grazing shall not be permitted on roads of medium or high conservation

value where it would result in the removal or destruction of native

vegetation unless a planning permit has been issued.

62.7 When not on the owner’s property all stock must be identified by a

means of individual tags approved by the Department for Primary

Industry which identify the owners of the animal.

62.8 When not on the owner’s property all horses must be identified by ISO

standard microchip.

62.9 The owner of any vacant rural property leased for the grazing of

livestock shall advise the Council of the contact details for the owner of

the livestock grazed on the property from time to time so that in the

event that the livestock are found at large the owner can be contacted.

Penalty: 20 Penalty Units

Appendix G

64. Dogs to be on leads

A person who owns or is in charge of a dog in a public place must keep the dog under control by a leash, chain or cord connecting that person to the dog unless the public place is designated by Council signage to be excluded or have restrictions.

Penalty: 20 Penalty Units

Appendix H

65. Cats to be de-sexed

Unless in accordance with a permit cats over the age of 3 months are to be desexed.



Penalty: 20 Penalty Units





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