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.
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.
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.