Domestic animal management plan 2013-2017 Moreland City Council



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DOMESTIC ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLAN 2013-2017

Moreland City Council

Domestic Animal Management Plan

2013-2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS



Moreland City Council 1

Domestic Animal Management Plan 1

2013-2017 1

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

INTRODUCTION 3

ANIMALS IN MORELAND 3

Animal Cruelty 4

Oscar’s Law 4

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION 6

REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION 9

Benefits 9

Legal responsibilities 9

Registration and identification 9

Reduced fees 9

Pro-Rata Fees 11

Registration / renewal of registration of dangerous and restrictive breeds 11

Animal Census 11

Moreland registration data (2012) 11

Breakdown by status 11

General Local Law 2007 13

Number of animals 13

Litters of animals 14

Socialisation 15

Exercise 15

Council off-leash parks 16

Dog agility park 16

Training 18

Dog Training clubs in Moreland 18

NUISANCE ANIMALS 19

Dog at large complaints 19

Cat trapping program 20

Barking dogs 20

Feeding wild birds 21

Native and Wild Birds 21

The problems 21

Orders of Council relating to Nuisance 23

Dogs must be under effective control 23

Designated off-leash areas 23

Prohibition areas 23

Park patrols 23

Local Laws relating to nuisance 24

Animal enclosures 24

Dog excrement 24

Nuisance provision 24

DOG ATTACKS 25

DECLARED DOGS 27

Restricted Breed Dog 27

Dangerous Dog 27

Menacing Dog 27

Declared dogs by suburb 28

Declared dog by type 28

Orders of Council relating to declared dogs 28

REDUCING EUTHANASIA RATES 29

Definitions 29

Overpopulation 29

Animal Hoarding 30

Desexing 30

Euthanasia 31

Animal Rescue & Foster Care Networks 31

Virtual Pound 32

White Ribbon Program 33

Trap Neuter Release 33

STAFFING AND OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE 35

Organisational Structure 35

TRAINING OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS 36

The Animal Management Team 36

Training Objective 36

Training Courses 36

Current and Planned Training 37

EDUCATION 38

DOMESTIC ANIMAL BUSINESSES 40

ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLAN AND ANNUAL REPORTING 40

LEGISLATION 41

OUR PLANS 42

Registration and Identification 42

Nuisance animals 43

Dog Attacks 45

Declared dogs 46

Reducing euthanasia rates 47

Training 49

Domestic Animal Business 50

Review and Reporting 50

CURRENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICE LEVELS 51

Service Request Management 52

Risk Perspective 52

Comment 52

Risk / Hazard 52

Action Required 52

Service Levels related to Risk Assessment 53

Other Risks not directly identified as a service request. 55

STATISTICS 56

Most popular 5 breeds 56

Compliance Activities 56

Infringements issued 56

Prosecutions in the Magistrate’s Court 57

When do dogs and cats tend to stray? 58

Which dog breeds stray most? 58

Which cat breeds stray most? 58

Service Requests 59

Nuisance Complaints by type by suburb 59

Reported dog attacks by suburb 59

APPENDIX 1 60

LIST OF DESIGNATED OFF-LEASH AREAS 60

APPENDIX 2 63

RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP 63

Selecting the right pet 63

Should we get a dog or a cat? 63

Costs and benefits of pet ownership 63

Dental Disease 63

Shampoo & Skin Care 64

Vaccination Programme 64

Flea Control 65

Worming 65




EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


All Victorian Councils are required by the Domestic Animals Act 1994 to develop and publish a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) every four years with an annual review throughout the life of the Plan. Matters to be included are described in the legislation and include a range of matters from the training of Animal Management Officers to the procedures for dangerous dogs. These requirements are met in this document.

Council’s key focus in the delivery of animal management services is:



  • To promote responsible pet ownership in Moreland

  • To respond to issues raised by the community about nuisance animals (e.g. barking dogs)

  • To enforce the legislation relating to animals

  • To encourage the registration of companion animals

  • To educate the community on topics related to animal management and control

The DAMP presents information on registered domestic animal statistics, the Animal Management staffing and operational structure and current programs and services. In detail, the DAMP document outlines the planned programs and initiatives of the Animal Management Team including training and development, community education of responsible pet ownership, identification and registration, compliance and enforcement of Local Laws associated with pet ownership, domestic animal businesses and declared dogs.

The DAMP also contains a range of new initiatives based on the following underlying themes:



  • Companion animals provide their owners with love and attachment. Studies have shown that companion animals help to reduce stress, depression and other illnesses. They provide a reason for many to leave their homes and meet others in the community particularly in dog friendly areas.

  • The needs of animal owners are balanced with those of the non-owning community; this is evidenced by the ratio of on and off leash parks and reserves within the Municipality.

  • Council’s role in respect to companion animals is one of management and control with animal welfare being of the domain the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

  • Council has explored a number of new initiatives to be considered for funding and support over the next four years; these includes agility parks for dogs, lowering the euthanasia rate, entering into agreements with foster care agencies to re-home animals temporarily until they find their ‘forever’ home.

  • Lost companion animals cause distress to owners when they feel unable to contribute to the search for them; this DAMP proposes a virtual online pound to be developed and maintained by Council to assist owners in finding their animals.

  • New definitions of animal types have also been included that will show over time, the types of animals euthanized and why. Council is keen to see a reduction over time in the rates of euthanized animals.

An action plan has also been developed to guide the implementation of the DAMP over the next four years; this contains a range of projects some of which will require funding through Council’s annual budget process. These are listed on pages 31-38 of this document.

This DAMP was developed with the assistance of a reference group; the members of this group represented a wide spectrum of views and levels of involvement in relation to animals in Moreland. Council will review the implementation of the DAMP on an annual basis in June.


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