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Action plan – nuisance


Objective 1: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to animal nuisance (Education/Promotion Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Letterbox drop – brochures/factsheets/Bureau of Animal Welfare regarding nuisance activities.

Ongoing

Informs and educates the public.

Pet Expo – hold a ‘Compliance’ stall to assist residents with any nuisance issues.

Annually

(Pet Expo)



Promotes responsible ownership.

Assist public with queries.

Educated the public.


Educate the community to keep cats and dogs secure to their properties.

Ongoing

Doorknocks by AMOs.

Letter drops.

Media releases.


Provide information on Council’s web site to report nuisance animal complaints.

Ongoing

Easily accessible for public.

Assists AMO’s.



Media releases – responsible ownership/nuisance activities.

Quarterly

Informs and educated the public.

Advise residents using cat traps for trespassing cats that they must immediately notify Council to collect the cat.

Ongoing

Information issued with cat trap hire application and followed up with a conversation when hiring the trap.

Promote and inform residents of the designated off-leash locations and the requirements in these areas.

Ongoing

Media releases web page and face to face contact at the civic centre.

Notification to residents when ‘fireworks’ displays are scheduled.

Ongoing

Assist residents with notification to enable them to ensure that their pets are catered for during such activity.

Objective 2: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to animal nuisance. Promote responsible ownership through education and promotional activities (Barking Dogs).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Provide information on the causes of excessive barking, including: separation anxiety, boredom, external stimuli, traffic, other dogs barking, cats trespassing and territorialism.

When a barking dog complaint is received.

Provides dog owner information to prevent barking.

Promotes good neighbourly relations.



Encourage owners of barking dogs to seek advice from Council/professional dog trainer/animal behaviourist on how to reduce their dog’s barking.

When a barking dog complaint is received.

Provides dog owner information to prevent barking.

Promotes good neighbourly relations.



Objective 3: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to animal nuisance, promote responsible ownership through education and promotional activities (Dog Excrement).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Advise dog owners of legal requirements relating to cleaning up dog excrement by distributing education material on Council website and handouts.

Quarterly

Educated public

Reduces the complaints



Pet Expo - Provide free dog excrement bags.

Annually

(Pet Expo)



Assists public

Convenience



Provide dog excrement bag dispensers and disposal bins in parks to encourage owners/person in charge of animal to clean up the animal’s excrement.

Ongoing

Assists public

Convenience

Reduces excrement left in parks



DOG ATTACKS


Minimise the risk of dog attacks throughout Cardinia under Section 68A(2)(c)(iii) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Current situation


Our current data

Year to date, the Cardinia Shire Council has brought 24 people before the Court in relation to section 29 breaches of the Domestic Animals Act 1994. All complaints are treated seriously and Council continually advocates that dog owners will be dealt with through enforcement. This is received well; Cardinia has a consistent approach towards bringing dog owners before the Court relating to dog attack offences.

Council on occasion exercises it discretionary power to destroy dogs in certain circumstances, impose a Dangerous Dog declaration or a Menacing Dog declaration.

Our Current Orders, Local Laws, Council Policies and Procedures



  • 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, this tightly monitors 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.

  • Designated off-leash parks.

Our Current Compliance Activities

  • Full investigations into all complaints regarding alleged Dog Attacks (rush and or physical attack). Audit carried out by management to ensure the complaints have been investigated thoroughly.

  • Enforcement action – issuing of infringement notices as a deterrent where appropriate.

  • Enforcement action - issuing of prosecution action where appropriate.

  • Proactive patrolling by all Animal Management Officers to ensure compliance in the designated off-leash parks.

Summary

The Cardinia Shire Council has a strong focus on responsible pet ownership; Council is constantly advocating to the public to report all dog attacks which take place. Publication of Court outcomes is critical to keep the public informed and used as a deterrent. If an attack occurs, it is Council’s responsibility to conduct a full investigation and bring the owner before the Court. The complaint of a Dog Attack is treated with the up most seriousness and always followed up. Communication with the public is essential to give them every option to lodge a complaint. One dog attack is too many.





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