Domestic animal management plan 2013-2017 Moreland City Council


ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLAN AND ANNUAL REPORTING



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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 Environment and 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.


LEGISLATION


The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires every Council must prepare a domestic animal management plan:

Section 68A Councils to prepare domestic animal management plans
(1) Every Council must, in consultation with the Secretary (of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries), prepare at 4 year intervals a domestic animal management plan.

(2) A domestic animal management plan prepared by a Council must—

(a) set out a method for evaluating whether the animal control services provided by the Council in its municipal district are adequate to give effect to the requirements of this Act and the regulations; and

(b) outline programs for the training of authorised officers to ensure that they can properly administer and enforce the requirements of this Act in the Council's municipal district; and

(c) outline programs, services and strategies which the Council intends to pursue in its municipal district—

(i) to promote and encourage the responsible ownership of dogs and cats; and

(ii) to ensure that people comply with this Act, the regulations and any related legislation; and

(iii) to minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals; and

(iv) to address any over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats; and

(v) to encourage the registration and identification of dogs and cats; and

(vi) to minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance; and

(vii) 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 with this Act and the regulations; and

(d) provide for the review of existing orders made under this Act and local laws that relate to the Council's municipal district with a view to determining whether further orders or local laws dealing with the management of dogs and cats in the municipal district are desirable; and

(e) provide for the review of any other matters related to the management of dogs and cats in the Council's municipal district that it thinks necessary; and

(f) provide for the periodic evaluation of any program, service, strategy or review outlined under the plan.

(3) Every Council must—

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

(b) provide the Secretary with a copy of the plan and any amendments to the plan; and

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

OUR PLANS

Registration and Identification


Objective 1: To increase the number of animals registered

Activity

When

Evaluation

Cross reference microchip registries against Council database


Each December

Completion of database search and targeted unregistered pets identified.

Encourage pet owners to microchip their pets or provide missing microchip number.
Include request for microchip on renewal registration forms.
Use local newspaper to promote microchips


Ongoing

Annual increase of 10% of microchipped pets on Council database.

Develop database for desexing payments

Follow up desexing voucher payments to ensure pet is registered




Database by April 2013

Follow up annually




Desexing voucher database created. 98% of animals registered

Publish number of infringements issued for failing to register or renew registration their pets.


May each year

Statistical data published in local newspaper.

Develop partnerships with neighbouring Councils when running microchip days and pet information sessions


June 2014

Information of other Council microchipping days included in council website.

Include a website link to a pet assessment program to enable potential pet owner to select the most appropriate pet for their lifestyle.


June 2014

Website link imbedded and functional

Include a website link to an owner assessment program on Council’s website suggestion made was the Pet License Test available at the Lost Dogs Home Website.


June 2014

Website link imbedded and functional

Establish a better analysis for the determination of the estimated number of unregistered dogs and cats in the municipality.


June 2014

Analysis findings reported in annual review of DAMP

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