What is a Domestic Animal Management Plan?

The Domestic Animal Management Plan sets out how we manage cats and dogs. It aims to promote responsible pet ownership and the welfare of cats and dogs in the community, whilst protecting the community and environment from nuisance cats and dogs.

Why is this project important?

  • To encourage responsible pet ownership to minimise the risk of dog attacks on people and animals.
  • To encourage pet owners to register their dogs and cats so their animal can be easily identified and returned.
  • So Council has an effective way to identify dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs to keep the community safe.
  • To investigate ways to reduce the chance for dogs and cats to create a nuisance.
  • To review ideas to prevent over-population and high euthanasia (putting to permanent sleep) rates of domestic animals.
  • To help pet owners to take responsibility for their animal’s behaviour.

Why are we doing this?

We will use our Domestic Animal Management Plan to set rules for managing dogs and cats and helping the community to play their part as pet owners responsibly. This will also direct how Council will invest its time and resources, and how we will support the management of domestic animals and the safety and wellbeing of the wider community.