Dogs provide us with much joy and unconditional love, and make amazing companions for many people of all ages and backgrounds in our community. In return, you need to be a responsible owner starting with choosing a pet that is right for you - consider the yard space, time needed for exercise and training, and other family members.
Before getting a dog, you may want to consider:
- The costs involved such as veterinarian fees, food, immunisation and council registration costs;
- Exercising your pet daily;
- Providing a healthy balanced diet; and
- Having your dog sterilised if it is not intended for breeding/showing.
The council helps owners to understand animal behaviour to protect and enjoy their animal, and ensure it does not disturb the community or local environment. All domestic dogs over three months of age must be registered each year with us. We conduct a doorknock each year to ensure all dogs and cats over three months of age are registered. Microchipping is compulsory for all animals under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
Dog owners can be fined or prosecuted for offences if your dog:
- Is found wandering outside your premises;
- Is a nuisance, or you fail to comply with a court notice ordering you to stop the cat or dog being a nuisance. This includes persistent barking which annoys your neighbours;
- Wanders on to private property without the owner's permission on more than one occasion, and a warning has been issued by us, an infringement notice may be issued; or
- Is unregistered.
You may also be fined if you:
- Encourage or cause your dog to attack, bite, worry or chase a person or animal;
- Allow any part of the animal's excrement to remain on any road, street, nature strip, reserve, and public or council land; or
- Fail to take responsibility for any damage your dog may cause.