Responsible animal ownership
As a responsible animal owner you need to:
- choose the right pet for you and your lifestyle
- feed and water them
- provide them with a suitable environment or shelter
- organise health checks and exercise
- microchip and register pets with Council
- identify livestock with a PIC
- restrict animals to your property
- keep dogs on a leash in public
- clean up after your dog
- control your barking dog
For information about your legal responsibilities as an animal owner go to Department of Environment and Primary Industries: pets
Our job is to help residents to manage their animals so they do not create a risk or nuisance to other people and their animals. Find out about getting help with nuisance animals.
Registration and Microchipping
Your cat or dog should wear a collar with the registration tag attached.
Animal Health and Welfare
Protecting your Pets from Heat Stroke
Dogs and cats are vulnerable to heat stroke because their furry bodies cannot sweat to dissipate heat. When they can't cool themselves, their core temperature rises rapidly. This can lead to serious and sometimes fatal complications. If you think your animal is suffering heat stroke, contact your vet.
To avoid pet heat stroke:
- make sure pets have plenty of water
- never leave pets in cars or on the back of utes — let them out with you or leave them at home
- plan walks for early morning or late evening
- help pets to find shade (especially pets in cages such as guinea pigs)
Animal Welfare in Emergencies
Find out what to do for your pets and livestock when preparing their family or farm emergency plan.
It is your responsibility to keep your pet or animal secure. Wandering pets might be impounded.
It is your responsibility to take action to control your barking dog:
- ensure your dog has a big enough yard to roam
- don’t let the dog inside or give it attention when it barks — this is rewarding your dog for barking
- give the dog attention when it is quiet
- move the dog to another part of the yard, if the dog is barking at people or noises on the other side of a fence
- keep the dog inside or in an enclosed area at times when the dog barks such as children walking to school or rubbish trucks
- put barriers or obstacles in the dog’s way if it races along a path or fence barking at passing distractions
- ensure that the dog has adequate exercise
- make sure that the dog has food, water and shelter from the weather
- consult your veterinarian to establish if the barking may be caused by a medical condition
- provide toys to alleviate boredom
- attend accredited dog obedience training
- get help from Bark Busters 1800 067 710
Council is in the process of introducing a cat curfew, as outlined in Council’s current Domestic Animal Management Plan. Once the order is introduced, Council will require cats to be confined from dusk to dawn.
Desexing your Pets
If you aren’t going to breed from your cat or dog please have them desexed.
As well as helping to prevent overpopulation, there are many benefits of desexing cats and dogs. Desexed cats can be better behaved, they may be less likely to roam, yowl at night or spray strong smelling urine. It is also important to desex a female cat kept inside as they can continue to cycle if they are not mated with, which can cause health problems for the cat.
Desexed dogs can be better behaved and less likely to try and escape.
Desexing pets can also prevent them from getting certain types of cancer. In general dogs can safely be desexed from 3 months of age. Talk to your vet about the best age to desex your dog or cat.
Registration fees are greatly reduced for cats and dogs that are desexed.
Cleaning up your Dog’s Excrement
If you take your dog for a walk in a public place or on a road, you must bring a plastic bag ready to pick up your dog’s poo.
Disposing of Dead Animals
If an animal in your care dies, you must ensure that it is humanely removed or buried in a timely manner without creating an environmental hazard.