Wyndham City adopted the Domestic Animal Management Plan on 3 October 2017. The plan has been developed based on the outcomes and learning’s from the previous plan and a review of existing data in areas such as complaints, dog attacks, registrations and impoundments. Community feedback including over 891 submission and consultations with key stakeholders including Veterinarians, dog trainers and other service providers have also informed the plan.
The overwhelming majority of the submissions were made by existing registered pet owners and supported the actions of the draft Plan, or sought an expansion of what is proposed. The following were the issues identified from the survey feedback:
- Focus on cats: Greater enforcement of the cat curfew and increase in random trapping during curfew hours.
- Cats confined to a property: Consideration to cats being treated the same way as dogs and confined to a property at all times.
- Responsible Pet Ownership: Increased education on being a pet owner.
- Council presence and enforcement of dogs off lead: More focussed patrols identifying dogs being walked off lead and in off lead areas to reduce community angst or the potential for dog attacks.
- Awareness of the dog attack process: More education regarding dog attacks and the investigation process to address issues under reporting and a lack of understanding of the process as a victim and as a dog owner.
Better understanding of the value of pet registration: A better understanding of the value and benefits of pet registration