Domestic Animal Management Plan City of Greater Geelong draft 2013 2017 table of contents



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Appendix 1




Domestic Animal Management Plan

City of Greater Geelong

DRAFT 2013 - 2017



TABLE OF CONTENTS


TABLE OF CONTENTS 3

Domestic Animals Act – 1994 (Part 1) 3

Purpose of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (as amended) 3

Domestic Animal Management Plans 3

68A Councils to prepare domestic animal management plans 3



INTRODUCTION 5

Overview of the City of Greater Geelong 5

Community Consultation 5

Summary of Respondents Concerns 6

Overview of the Community Consultation - Results 6

Our Orders, Local Laws, Council Policies and Procedures 6

Orders & Policy 7

General Local Law 2005 7

Dog Excrement 7

Permitted number of Dogs and Cats without the need for a permit 7

Glossary 8

PROPOSED DOGS IN PUBLIC PLACES POLICY OUTLINE 2013 – 2017 9

Off Leash ‘Supervised’ Areas 10

Locations 10



Conditions Applicable to ‘Off Leash - Supervised’ Areas 11

Signage 11



On Leash ‘Controlled’ Areas 11

Conditions applying to all ‘On Leash Controlled Areas’ and ‘Off Leash Supervised Areas’ 12



Dog Control Categories 12

Category 1 (Green) – Off leash ‘Supervised’ Area 12

Category 2 (Yellow) – Conditional Off Leash ‘Supervised’ Area 12

Category 3 (Blue) – Conditional On Leash ‘Controlled’ Area 13

Category 4 (Brown) – On Leash ‘Controlled’ Area (Environmentally Sensitive Areas) 13

Category 5 (Purple) – Conditional On Leash ‘Controlled’ Area (Hooded Plover and Wildlife Zones) 13

Category 6 (Red) - Exclusion Area All Year Round 13

Designated ‘Off Leash - Supervised’ Areas 14

Dog Controls in Coastal and Other Open Space Areas 17

Current Situation 19

Councils Policies and Procedures 19

Summary 19

Our Plans 20



REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION 21

Current Situation 21

Council Policies and Procedures 21

Our current Education/Promotion Activities include: 21

Our Current Compliance Activities 22

Summary 22

Our Plans 23



NUISANCE 26

Current Situation 26

Council’s Dog in Public Places Policy 27

Our current Education/Promotion Activities 27

At large and trespass (see ‘All nuisances’ and the following) 28

Barking dogs (see ‘All nuisances’ and the following) 28

Dog poo (see ‘All nuisances’ and the following) 28

Our current Compliance Activities 29

At large and trespass (see ‘All nuisances’ and the following) 29

Barking dogs (see ‘All nuisances’ and the following) 29

Dog poo (see ‘All nuisances’ and the following) 29

Summary 30

Our Plans 30



DOG ATTACKS 34

Current Situation 34

Council Policies and Procedures: 35

Our current Education/Promotion Activities 35

Our current Compliance Activities 36

Our Plans 37

DANGEROUS, MENACING AND RESTRICTED BREED DOGS 40

Current Situation 40

Council Policies and Procedures 40

Our Current Education/Promotion Activities 41

Our Current Compliance Activities 41

Summary 42

Our Plans 42



OVERPOPULATION AND HIGH EUTHANASIA 43

Current Situation 43

Council Policies and Procedures 44

Our current Education/Promotion Activities 44

Our current Compliance Activities 44

Summary 45

Our Plans 45



DOMESTIC ANIMAL BUSINESSES 48

Current Situation 48

Council Policies and Procedures 48

Our Current Education/Promotion Activities 48

Our Current Compliance Activities 49

Summary 49

Our Plans 49



OTHER MATTERS 52

Current Situation 52

Council Policies and Procedures 52

Our current Education/Promotion Activities 52

Our current Compliance Activities 52

Summary 53



Our Plans 53

ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLAN AND ANNUAL REPORTING 54

Domestic Animals Act – 1994 (Part 1)




Purpose of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (as amended)


The purpose of this Act is to promote animal welfare, the responsible ownership of dogs and cats and the protection of the environment by providing for:

  • A scheme to protect the community and the environment from feral and nuisance dogs and cats;

  • A registration and identification scheme for dogs and cats which recognises and promotes responsible ownership;

  • The identification and control of dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs;

  • A registration scheme for domestic animal businesses promoting the maintenance of standards of those businesses;

  • Matters related to the boarding of dogs and cats;

  • The regulation of the permanent identification of dogs, cats, horses and other animals;

  • Payments to the Treasurer from fees received by Councils under this Act; and

  • Other related matters.



Domestic Animal Management Plans


Under Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act, every Council must prepare a domestic animal management plan, as follows:

68A Councils to prepare domestic animal management plans


  1. Every Council must, in consultation with the Secretary (of the Department of Primary Industries), prepare at 4 year intervals a domestic animal management plan.

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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Outline programs, services and strategies which the Council intends to pursue in its municipal district—

      1. To promote and encourage the responsible ownership of dogs and cats; and

      2. To ensure that people comply with this Act, the regulations and any related legislation; and

      3. To minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals; and

      4. To address any over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats; and

      5. To encourage the registration and identification of dogs and cats; and

      6. To minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance; and

      7. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Provide for the periodic evaluation of any program, service, strategy or review outlined under the plan.

  1. Every Council must—

  1. Review its domestic animal management plan annually and, if appropriate, amend the plan; and

  2. Provide the Secretary with a copy of the plan and any amendments to the plan; and

  3. Publish an evaluation of its implementation of the plan in its annual report.
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