Owners Responsibilities

  • Desex your cats - this is now compulsory in Pyrenees Shire unless you are a registered cat breeder or exempt under legislation.
  • Confine your cats at night - this is now compulsory within township zones of Pyrenees Shire.
  • Dogs must remain on leash within school zones & business precincts of Avoca, Amphitheatre, Beaufort, Moonambel, Landsborough, Lexton, Snake Valley & Waubra.
  • Carry and use a dog dropping pick up bag when walking your dog.
  • Microchip and register your cats and dogs.
  • Confine your dogs to your property.
  • Walk your dog on a leash unless in an appropriate off lead area.
    *An appropriate dog off leash area is not a town shopping precinct.
  • Ensure your dog does not bark persistently.
  • Prevent your dog from rushing at, chasing or attacking people or other animals.
  • Contain your cats at night to minimise their hunting opportunities.
  • Under Council's Local Law 2007, without a permit an owner or occupier of land (other than land rated as farm land) must not keep on that land more than:

    • Four different types of animals; and
    • The following numbers of animals:
      • 2 dogs
      • 2 cats
      • 10 poultry
      • 10 birds
      • 10 rabbits
      • 1 cow
      • 1 goat
      • 2 sheep
      • 1 horse

On the spot fines - issued under the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Section of Act Description of offence Prescribed Penalty
10(1) Failure to register a cat or dog $289
24(1) Dog at large or not securely confined - daytime $217
24(2) Dog at large or not securely confined - night time $289
32(4) Not complying with an order to abate nuisance $217
29(3) Dog attack or bite person or animal causing non serious injury $361

Animal Welfare

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Council Officers are authorised to investigate complaints regarding neglected animals or alleged animal cruelty.

On the spot fines - issued under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Section of Act Description of offence Prescribed Penalty
15 A (2) Dog not secured to utility or trailer
$289
     
Page last updated: 11:42 AM, 03 July 2013
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