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Action plan – dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs


Objective 1: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted Breed Dogs (Education/Promotional Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Provide residents with information on:

The types of declared dogs and how they are to be identified and kept in compliance with the Act and Regulations, including prescribed collars, signage at premises, housing requirements, muzzling, etc

How to report menacing dogs, dog bites


Ongoing

Website.

Face to face.

Media releases.


Ensure all owners of declared dogs are aware of their obligations under the Act regarding identification and keeping these dogs by providing them with relevant sections of the Act, brochures, fact sheets/develop information kit.

Annually (Feb)

Education.

Gains compliance.

Provides owners of declared dogs every opportunity to comply.


Promote the ‘Dangerous Dogs Hotline’ 1300 101 080

Ongoing

Media releases.

Website.



Patrol/letter box industrial sites or building sites that may have guard dogs to promote legislative requirements.

Ongoing

Educations.

Promotes public safety and compliance with the Act.



Objective 2: To provide readily accessible information to the public relating to Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted Breed Dogs (Compliance Activities).

Activity

When

Evaluation

Ensure that Council’s declaration policies and procedures are sound and robust to support any appeals before t VCAT. Ensure Council has specific declaration procedures for each of type of declaration:

Dangerous dogs

Menacing dogs

Restricted breed dogs



October Annually

Ensures consistency.


Ensure all declared dogs are accurately registered on the Victorian Declared Dog Registry and that details regarding change of owner/change of address/death of dog are updated as soon as possible. Link is www.ddvic.registry-service.com

Ongoing

Legislative requirement.

Consistency.

Accurate record keeping.


Respond to complaints regarding Menacing, Dangerous and Restricted Breed dogs as a matter of priority and urgency.

Ongoing

Promotes public safety.

Public awareness.



Report outcomes of all prosecutions regarding non-compliance with declared dog identification. Promote compliance requirements through the media to raise awareness in the community about Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted Breed dogs.

Ongoing

Sends a message to the community.

Promotes compliance.



Ensure all declared dogs are implanted with a microchip by scanning prior to renewal of registration.

Ongoing

Legislative requirement.

Follow-up non-compliance issues until owner complies.

Ongoing audits

Legislative requirement.


OVERPOPULATION AND HIGH EUTHANASIA


Address any over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats under Section 68A(2)(c)(iv) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

CURRENT SITUATION


Our current data

Status

Dog

Puppy

Cat

Kitten

Total

Euthanized

144

3

117

37

301

Adopted

92

0

42

1

135

Reclaimed

292

1

12

0

305

Total

528

4

171

38

741

Our current Orders, Local Laws, Council Policies and Procedures

Compulsory de-sexing of all cats over the age of 3 months, Cardinia Local Law No 10 Part 22 Clause 65

All cats must be secured to the premises of the owner Cat Control Order. In accordance with section 25 of Domestic Animals Act.

Cardinia Shire Council’s Local Law 10


Refer Appendix A and H


Our Current Education/Promotion Activities

An animal management stall at the annual Pet Expo supervised by an Animal Management Officer who can provide information regarding breeding, excess animal’s procedures, breed recommendations, procedure for surrender and responsible pet ownership in general.

Media releases promoting responsible pet ownership and issues relating to breeding in all local newspapers, on Council’s website and Cardinia ‘Connect’ Magazine.

Free registration of dogs and cats under the age of 3 months for first year of registration.

Discount micro chipping.

Readily accessible information through brochures and fact sheets from the DPI relating to animal keeping.

Our Current Compliance Activities


  • Ensure all cats are de-sexed prior to registration.

  • All cats must be secured to the premises of the owner

  • Hire of cat traps

  • Issue infringement notices for dogs and cats found at large

Summary

The Cardinia Shire Council currently has six (6) families moving into the Shire everyday, there is need for education through new resident’s packs, and media releases to ensure compliance relating to animal keeping. The implementation of compulsory de-sexing of all cats over the age of 3 months and the requirements to secure all cats to the owner’s premises are a few tools used by Council to curb overpopulation and therefore reduce the euthanasia rate. Council hires cat traps to the public, which is received well.





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