Objective 1: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to the prevention of Dog Attacks (Education/Promotional Activities).
Raise awareness of risk of dog attacks in the home, in the street and in parks and how to reduce these risks through:
Distribution of brochures, factsheets and other material developed by the Bureau of Animal Welfare and/or Council, regarding dog attacks
Information included with registration renewals
Pet care/pet expo days
Actively promoting the Bureau of Animal Welfare Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Schools Programs (www.pets.dpi.vic.gov.au/01/main.htm) which address living with dogs and minimising risk of dog attacks, and the ‘We Are Family’ ‘from pregnancy to pre-school’ Program (www.dpi.vic.gov.au/pets/environment-and-community/we-are-family).
Provide an after-hours number to report dog attacks.
Through after hours number
Face to face
DANGEROUS, MENACING AND RESTRICTED BREED DOGS
The purpose of this section is 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 under Section 68A(2)(c)(vii) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
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
Brochure sent to all dog owners “Things you should know about restricted breed dogs.”
Our Current Compliance Activities
Unscheduled audits of all properties housing declared dangerous, restricted breed and menacing dogs.
Daily patrolling by all Compliance Services Officers of all areas of municipality to monitor dog behaviours and possible breaches relating to dogs being walked off-lead.
Senior Compliance Services Officer maintains and provides details of Dangerous Dogs, Restricted Breed Dogs and Menacing Dogs on the Victorian Declared Dog Registry (VDDR) (s.44AE).
Investigations when the public reports possible restricted breed dogs.
Monitoring of owners when such declared dogs are being walked, random checking of housing, and random checking of restraint requirements.
After investigations have occurred regarding breaches to the keeping of declared dogs, where applicable, prosecution referral is implemented.
Cardinia Shire Council’s current stance relating to dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs is received well by the community, since the update in legislation, there has been quite a few enquires and reports made by members of the public relating to possible restricted breed dogs. All enquires have been dealt with immediately and on every occasion the complainant has been informed every step of the way.
The Compliance Services stance relating to the monitoring of declared dogs is very strict, with on the spot checks, and formal inspections, to ensure compliance and overall public safety. All breaches are dealt with through enforcement, through the issue of infringement notices or lodgement before a Magistrate.