KEEPING COMPANION ANIMALS
Pets can certainly provide wonderful companionship, but with that comes responsibilities for the animal owner.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) continues to work with its pet owners to assist them in their responsibilities, so that both humans and their animal companions can share in our communities’ lifestyles.
It is important that all pet owners know what their responsibilities are when it comes to registration, and penalties for any breach of animal regulations.
Responsible pet owners microchip and register their dog or cat and ensure that their contact details are up to date.
Local councils are the authority responsible for implementing the Companion Animals Act which legislates responsibilities for Dog and Cat owners. Under the legislation councils have a range of responsibilities including planning, service provision, compliance and community education and enforcement.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council rangers have compliance authorities including the seizing of animals, to issue on the spot penalties, to issue nuisance orders and to declare dogs dangerous or menacing or impose restrictions.
KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE
Have you checked your property fence lately?
Can your dog or dogs get out of your yard?
Did you know that a high percentage of dog attacks and dog incidents that occur in a public place, happen in front or near the attacking dog’s home?
Dog attacks can be scary and traumatic for everyone involved, including our pets, they can also end up being a very expensive process for the dog owners. Owners of dogs that are involved in dog attacks may be fined $1,320 and may have orders placed on their dog.
There are a few things that you can do to help minimise your dog being involved in a dog incident:
- Socialising your dog from an early age so that your dog learns how to mix with dogs and people in a public place.
- Training your dog – ‘obedience classes’ help you learn about your dog, its body language and how you can communicate with your dog.
- Regularly checking your boundary fencing to ensure your yard is secure and fixing anything that may be a way for your dog to escape. This includes checking latches on gates to ensure they close properly and moving items away from fences that your dog may use to assist them in escaping your yard.
- When you are out walking your dog, they must always be on a lead unless you are in an off-leash area. Owners can be fined $330 for not having dogs on a lead or under effective control in a public place.
If you have any questions or you would like to discuss dog attacks, please call the CGRC Ranger on 1300 459 689.
It is well documented that the keeping of companion animals can be most beneficial to the well-being of people. Nevertheless, on occasions, complaints are made to Council where animals of an inappropriate species or number are being kept or where the animals and their accommodation are not being cared for properly.
Keeping of Animals Policy
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) has adopted a policy that seeks to inform the community of Council’s regulatory powers concerning the keeping of animals in the urban environment as local Councils are the authority responsible for implementing the Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Local Government Act 1993 and Regulations.
The Policy aims to:
- Minimise the incidence of nuisance being caused to persons;
- Protect the welfare of companion and farm animals;
- Protect the welfare and habitat of wildlife; and
- Minimise the disturbance of or damage to protected vegetation.
This policy informs the reasonable limits (both statutory and advisory) which apply concerning the maximum number of animals and the circumstances under which they may be kept on premises.
Responsible ownership is a very important component of nuisance control and this document also contains advice to the animal owner regarding their responsibilities to prevent a nuisance from occurring.
This information is about ways in which you can look after your dog to prevent excessive barking. It explains the law applying to noise from dogs and provides information that is intended to make life better for dogs, dog owners and their neighbours.