There is no doubt that dogs and cats make great pets, besides giving you unconditional love the health benefits for you have been proven in many studies. Owning a pet can also be great for teaching children responsibility, and helps develop their social and nurturing skills.
Owners are responsible for complying with the law, which includes registering and microchipping dogs and cats over 3 months old.
Legally you are liable if your dog is not securely confined to your property, therefore your yard must have a closed gate and an escape proof fence.Visitors must have safe access to your front door, without being stopped by your dog. Cat owners are not allowed to let their cat trespass on other peoples property.
If you mistreat or fail to properly care for your pet you can be taken to court and face fines, time in jail or bans on owning an animal.
If the owner of the pet is under 18 years old, the parent or guardian is deemed the legal owner of the pet in the event of any penalties or prosecutions.
PETS FACT SHEET
Avoiding Dog Attacks
80% of hospitalised dog attack victims are bitten in private homes by their own dog, or that of a friend or neighbour. Therefore it is important to know how to approach a dog safely, and in particular, children need to be taught how to behave around dogs.
Children aged 0-4 years old are most at risk of a serious injury from a dog bite. Parents need to be aware of the importance of active supervision. There are a number of education programs available to teach children and parents about safety around dogs.
Train your dog and cat to ensure they are well behaved and to ease their boredom. Training your dog means being able to control your dog both at home and well in public. Training can be useful for dogs and cats to help them socialise with other people and animals.Training can help prevent and treat behaviorial problems in your pet.
Darebin has a several Dog Associations you can turn to for training and advice, and your vet may be able to advise you about puppy preschool or kitten kinder classes.
Domestic Animal Management Plan
In October 2017 , Council adopted a new Domestic Animal Management Plan for Darebin’s Municipality. The new Plan aims to guide Council and the community towards the goal of responsible animal ownership and management. The plan aims to encourage and incentivise responsible pet ownership, which in turn lowers the number of unwanted or abandoned animals in the community.
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