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Published Monday 23 April 2018
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Get involved with Council’s draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021

The investigation of mandatory cat de-sexing, a dusk-to-dawn cat curfew and an on-leash dog policy are some of the key focus areas of Council’s draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.The plan, a legislated document all Victorian Councils are required to produce every four years, is now out for public feedback.Following a community survey and stakeholder consultation late last year, the draft plan outlines three key focus areas for Council over the next four years:

  • Investigation of mandatory de-sexing of cats and a dusk to dawn cat curfew.
  • Investigation of introducing on-leash areas across the shire and community consultation for possible fenced dog off-leash areas.
  • Improvements to Council’s pound facilities to cater for growth.

A range of other focus areas are also identified in the plan including:

  • Increasing the number of animals that are registered and microchipped.
  • Reducing dogs wandering at large.
  • Increasing rehoming and adoptions from the pound.
  • Developing a 10-point guide for new pet owners.

To help rollout the plan once it is finalised, Council is looking to form a Domestic Animal Management Plan Consultative Committee.Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson encouraged a diverse range of community members to express interest in joining the committee.“This new committee will meet over the four-year course of the plan and will be made up of a range of key stakeholders including vets, representatives from animal welfare groups and the wider community,” Cr Sanderson said.“We’re keen to see a wide range of people join the committee and you don’t even necessarily have to be a pet owner.“The Domestic Animal Management Plan effects our entire community and we’re looking for people with a range of views and experiences to be represented.”

Cr Sanderson also encouraged people to view the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan and let Council know their thoughts.“Responsible pet ownership is really important, and the Domestic Animal Management Plan is a vital way that Council can help people to do the right thing when it comes to taking care of their animals,” Cr Sanderson said.Feedback on the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan is open until Wednesday 23 May. Council will then review the feedback and consider the plan and any possible changes at a future Council meeting.To view the plan and provide feedback, or to express interest in joining the consultative committee, visit www.engagingmitchellshire.com or one of Council’s Customer and Library Service Centres in Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour or Wallan.

This page was last updated on 22 February 2019.