What does Council do to consider planning for the future as far as animals go?
Council understands the importance of the Mitchell community having pets and animals in their lives and has developed a Domestic Animal Management Plan to assist in guiding the Local Laws Unit, and Council, in animal management matters until 2017. The four year Plan will be reviewed and reported on annually showing the community different programs and strategies for dealing with issues such as;
- Registration and identification
- Nuisance and dog attacks
- Declared dogs
- Addressing over population and lowering euthanasia rates
- Emergency management
An emergency management plan for dealing with animal management issues in the event of a disaster is being developed in conjunction with guidance from the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan. This will see communication programs, education opportunities and media releases prepared to encourage pet and livestock owners to consider their animals when preparing their family or farm emergency plan.
Council's Facebook page, Animals of Mitchell Shire, provides the opportunity to communicate with the community and provide information as it comes in; weather reports, fire danger ratings, storm warnings, incident updates or relief centre information. Like our page to see what's been impounded, post a photo and some details of your own lost or found pet or just share a story or a photo.
The State Government also has some useful advice to help you protect your pets and livestock in an emergency including periods of extreme weather.