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.
Provides owners of declared dogs every opportunity to comply.
Promote the ‘Dangerous Dogs Hotline’ 1300 101 080
Patrol/letter box industrial sites or building sites that may have guard dogs to promote legislative requirements.
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).
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:
Restricted breed dogs
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
Accurate record keeping.
Respond to complaints regarding Menacing, Dangerous and Restricted Breed dogs as a matter of priority and urgency.
Promotes public safety.
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.
Sends a message to the community.
Ensure all declared dogs are implanted with a microchip by scanning prior to renewal of registration.
Follow-up non-compliance issues until owner complies.
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.
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
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.