Pets & animals
Councils help to ensure responsible pet ownership, and also manage nuisance and pest animals on public land. Local laws officers respond to a range of animal and pet concerns including collection of stray animals and investigation of complaints about animals.
Services provided by councils include:
- Pet ownership: pet registration, off-lead areas and disposal bags, permits for keeping animals, micro chipping days
- Animal shelters: pet adoption and reuniting lost pets with owners
- Livestock permits
- Control of pests and nuisance animals
- Registering and monitoring of pet breeding businesses
- Investigation of barking dogs, dog attacks and other animal complaints.
Under the provisions of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (the Act) all councils in Victoria have developed a domestic animal management plan which is renewed every 4 years.
This plan outlines the council's:
- programs and policies established to address the administration of the Act
- management of dog and cat issues in their community.
The Local Government Act 1989 requires councils to maintain a website that lists its public notices and documents, including their domestic animal management plan.
Find your local Council website and contact details.
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