DOMESTIC ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLAN - 2017-2021 Reviewed October 2020 - Corangamite Shire

 
DOMESTIC ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLAN - 2017-2021 Reviewed October 2020 - Corangamite Shire
CORANGAMITE SHIRE
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
MANAGEMENT PLAN
2017-2021
Reviewed October 2020

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CONTENTS
   OVERVIEW                                                      3

   DOMESTIC ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLANS                              4

   SUMMARY                                                       5

   INTRODUCTION                                                  5

   TRAINING OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS                               7

   REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION                               9

   NUISANCE                                                     12

   DOG ATTACKS                                                  16

   DANGEROUS, MENACING AND RESTRICTED BREED DOGS                18

   OVERPOPULATION AND HIGH EUTHANASIA                           22

   DOMESTIC ANIMAL BUSINESSES                                   26

   OTHER MATTERS                                                28

   ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLAN AND ANNUAL REPORTING                   30

   COMMUNITY CONSULTATION                                       31

   APPENDIX 1
   GENERAL LOCAL LAWS NO. 1 (2015)
   POLICY - ANIMALS 2017                                        32
   POLICY - USE OF COUNCIL LAND 2017
   POLICY - USE OF PRIVATE LAND 2014

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CORANGAMITE SHIRE OVERVIEW
                               Corangamite Shire is located 190            The Corangamite Shire is a neighbour to
                               kilometres south-west of Melbourne on       Colac-Otway, Golden Plains, Pyrenees,
CORANGAMITE SHIRE
                               the Great South Coast. The municipality     Ararat and Moyne Shires and currently
                               stretches from the Great Ocean Road in      has an estimated population of 16,133
                   Skipton
                               the south to the pastoral area of Skipton   people.
                               in the north.
                                                                           In 2016-17 there were 3,104 dogs
                               Corangamite takes its name from the         and 1,058 cats registered within the
           Derrinallum
                               huge inland lake on the Shire’s eastern     community (refer to Table 1 below for
                     Lismore
                               boundary. It is a renowned farming          further animal management statistics).
      Darlington               region, producing milk, wool, beef and      Animal registrations in the Shire have
                               prime lamb. For residents and visitors      fluctuated slightly over the last few years
   Noorat
         Camperdown            alike, Corangamite offers beautiful         and continue to decline.
  Terang                       beaches, rugged coastline, volcanic
                                                                           Council currently has no operating
                               lakes and craters and pastoral country.
      Cobden                                                               domestic animal businesses or breeding/
                               Corangamite’s communities include
                                                                           boarding establishments or pet shops.
                               Camperdown, Terang, Port Campbell,
   Timboon Simpson                                                         There are a small number of greyhound
                               Cobden, Lismore, Derrinallum, Skipton,
  Port Campbell                                                            trainers however these are regulated and
                               Princetown, Simpson, Noorat, Darlington
                                                                           inspected by Greyhound Racing Victoria.
                               and Timboon.
           Princetown

                                       POPULATION                            REGISTERED DOGS
                                         16,133                                        3,104
                                               ABS 2017                                       2016

                                               AREA                           REGISTERED CATS
                                           4,400                                       1,058
                                          SQUARE KILOMETRES                                   2016

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DOMESTIC ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLANS
  Under Section 68A of the Domestic                     vi. to minimise the potential
  Animals Act 1994, every municipality                  		 for dogs and cats to create a
  must prepare a domestic animal                        		 nuisance; and
  management plan, as follows:                          vii. to effectively identify all
  68A      Councils to prepare domestic                 		 dangerous dogs, menacing
  		       animal management plans                      		 dogs and restricted breed
    (1)    Every Council must, in 		                    		 dogs in that district and to
  		       consultation with the 		                     		 ensure that those dogs are
  		       Secretary (of the Department                 		 kept in compliance with this
  		       of Primary Industries), prepare              		 Act and the regulations; and
  		       at 4 year intervals a domestic
                                                        d. provide for the review of
  		       animal management plan.
                                                           existing orders made
    (2)    A domestic animal
                                                           under this Act and
  		       management plan prepared
                                                           local laws that relate
  		       by a Council must—
                                                           to the Council’s municipal
           a. set out a method for 		                      district with a view to
              evaluating whether 		                        determining whether further
              the animal control services                  orders or local laws dealing
              provided by the Council in                   with the management of dogs
              its municipal district are 		                and cats in the municipal
              adequate to give effect to                   district are desirable; and
              the requirements of this Act              e. provide for the review of
              and the regulations; and                     any other matters related
           b. outline programs for the 		                  to the management of
              training of authorised 		                    dogs and cats in the
              officers to ensure that 		                   Council’s municipal district
              they can properly administer                 that it thinks necessary; and
              and enforce the requirements              f. provide for
              of this Act in the Council’s 		              the periodic evaluation of
              municipal district; and                      any program, service,
           c. outline programs, services                   strategy or review outlined
              and strategies which the 		                  under the plan.
              Council intends to pursue in
              its municipal district—            (3)    Every Council must—

           i.		 to promote and encourage                a. review its domestic animal
           		 the reponsible ownership of                  management plan annually
           		 dogs and cats; and                           and, if appropriate, amend
           ii.		 to ensure that people 		                  the plan; and
           		 comply with this Act, 		                  b. provide the Secretary with
           		 the regulations and any 		                   a copy of the plan and any
           		 related legislation;                         amendments to the plan; and
           iii. to minimise the risk of 		              c. publish an evaluation of its
           		 attacks by dogs on people                    implementation of the plan in
           		 animals; and                                 its annual report.
           iv.		 to address any over-
           		 population and high
           		 euthanasia rates for dogs
           		 and cats; and
           v.		 to encourage the
           		 registration and
           		 identification of dogs and
           		 cats; and

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SUMMARY
The Corangamite Shire Domestic               public areas, highlight the benefits of   development, community education
Animal Management Plan (DAMP)                microchipping and encourage all dog       to improve responsible pet ownership,
has been developed to adhere to the          owners to clean up after their dog/s.     identification and registration of
State Government requirement that                                                      animals, compliance and enforcement
                                             The DAMP presents information on
all municipalities must have a current                                                 of Local Laws associated with
                                             registered domestic animal statistics,
DAMP in place.                                                                         pet ownership, domestic animal
                                             the Local Laws team, operational
                                                                                       businesses and declared dogs.
The Corangamite Shire’s DAMP aims            structures and procedures, and current
to provide a safe environment for            programs and services.
all whilst promoting responsible pet
                                             In detail, the DAMP outlines the
ownership across the entire Shire. Our
                                             planned programs and initiatives of the
emphasis is to promote registrations of
                                             Local Laws team including training and
all pets, effective control of dogs within

INTRODUCTION
The aim of the Corangamite Shire             • promote microchipping and benefits
DAMP is to provide Council with clear          of desexing; and
direction as to how it will encourage
                                             • encouraging owners to clean up after
more residents within Corangamite
                                               dogs
Shire to be responsible pet owners and
encourage pet owners to abide by the         Outcomes that will contribute to
Laws that have been put in place for         achieving the above aims include:
the benefit of the wider community.          1. Increasing the skills of and
The aim will be achieved by:                    resources available to Council
                                                officers
•   providing the community with
    a clear understanding of Council’s       2. Increasing dog and cat registration
    expectations of pet owners;                 levels

•   reinforcing to the community 		          3. Decreasing the incidence of dogs at
    Council’s commitment to 		                  large and nuisance behaviour
    improving standards associated 		        4. Actively managing dangerous,
    with pet ownership; and                     restricted breed and menacing dogs
•   clearly describing to the community      5. Decreasing the incidence of dog
    the role and actions Council 		             attacks
    will take to improve the level of
    responsible pet ownership 		             6. Decreasing impacts associated
    throughout Corangamite Shire.               with overpopulation and feral
                                                cats, and promoting responsible cat
The Corangamite Shire’s responsible             ownership
pet ownership program for the life of
this plan will focus on:                     7. Ensuring the operation of new
                                                Domestic Animal Businesses are in
• education                                     accordance with the applicable laws
• registration of domestic animals              and Codes of Practice

• dogs being under suitable control

• controlling nuisance animals
  including feral animals

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DOMESTIC ANIMAL RELATED STATISTICS

  TABLE ONE - CORANGAMITE SHIRE DOMESTIC ANIMAL DATA
   YEAR                                                                                  2014           2015       2016

   REGISTERED DOGS                                                                       3167           3466       3104

   Desexed dogs                                                                                                    1947

   Dogs impounded                                                                         112               111         58

   Dogs returned to owner                                                                  77               82          37

   Dogs rehoused                                                                              7             13           7

   Dogs euthanised                                                                         25                 2         10

   Dogs surrendered to Council                                                                3               4          4

   Dogs declared menacing                                                                     1               1          1

   Dogs declared dangerous                                                                    0               4          5

   Restricted breed dogs                                                                      3               3          3

   REGISTERED CATS                                                                       1087           1205       1058

   Desexed cats                                                                               -               -    1034

   Cats impounded                                                                          62               67      100

   Cats returned to owner                                                                     8               2          3

   Cats rehoused                                                                              7               6          4

   Cats euthanised (not including surrendered and euthanised)                              43               53          66

   Cats surrendered to Council and euthanised                                                 4               6         27

  TABLE TWO - CORANGAMITE SHIRE                                       TABLE THREE - CORANGAMITE SHIRE
  DOG ATTACK STATISTICS                                               DECLARED DOGS

   Number of reported dog on dog attacks             3                CLASSIFICATION     2014          2015       2016

   Number of dog on person attacks                   4                Restricted breed    3             3          3

   Number of reported dog on livestock attacks       5                Dangerous dog       0             5          6

   Number of reported dog on cat / other attacks     2                Menacing dog        1             1          3

  TABLE FOUR - CORANGAMITE SHIRE EUTHANISED ANIMAL DATA 2016

                                           UNABLE TO REHOUSE DUE TO                      SURRENDERED BY
                                                                         WILD / FERAL                             TOTAL
                                              BEHAVIOUR ISSUES                               OWNER

   Dogs                                                  10                    0                  4                14

   Cats                                                  9                     57                 27               93

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5. TRAINING OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS
5.1 CURRENT AND PLANNED TRAINING

Council’s training and development is         Council’s annual training is developed
designed to ensure all staff involved         individually with each staff member to
in animal management have the                 ensure they receive the required and if
knowledge and skills necessary to carry       possible desired training.
out their daily activities safely and
effectively.

  AUTHORISED OFFICER TRAINING - BASIC                                                            WHEN          PLANNED

  Encourage Officers to undertake refresher training in compliance procedures           At annual review        Annually

  Infringement training (refresher)                                                       3-4 year cycle           2019

  OH&S training-dealing with aggressive customers                                              Annually             June

  Customer service training-conflict resolution, telephone protocols                           Annually             June

  Bureau of animal welfare-training and information days                                  When offered

  AUTHORISED OFFICER TRAINING - ADDITIONAL                                                       WHEN          PLANNED

  Firearm safety                                                                               Annually         January

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5.2 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT

  OBJECTIVE 1:
  DEVELOP A TRAINING PLAN THAT CLEARLY IDENTIFIES MINIMUM TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
  AND ANY ADDITIONAL TRAINING NEEDS THAT SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY AUTHORISED
  OFFICERS

     ACTIVITY                                     WHEN                  EVALUATION

     Identify training requirements during        Annually              Attend all relevant training
     Council’s annual review system

  OBJECTIVE 2:
  DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A TRAINING REGISTER FOR INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS DETAILING
  COMPLETED AND PROPOSED TRAINING BY DECEMBER EACH YEAR

     ACTIVITY                                     WHEN                  EVALUATION

     Create a spreadsheet listing each            Annually              HR to review and deliver any proposed
     officer’s name and their completed                                 training opportunities
     training, along with proposed training

  OBJECTIVE 3:
  ENSURE ALL NEW AUTHORISED OFFICERS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR MINIMUM TRAINING
  REQUIREMENTS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF APPOINTMENT

     ACTIVITY                                     WHEN                  EVALUATION

     Identify minimum training for officers       Within 12 months of   HR to ensure all new Officers have
     (eg. OH&S, animal handling), and             appointment           completed initial training and any
     create spreadsheet to record when                                  refresher training requirements
     officers complete training

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6. REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION
All dogs and cats over the age of           are sent out every year, allowing pet       Domestic Animals Act (1994). Council
3 months must be registered with            owners to renew their pet’s registration    has recently moved to a lifetime tag
the Corangamite Shire as per State          via the internet or in person. Council      system where each registered animal is
legislation; newly registered animals       audits the registration renewal process     issued a registration number when first
must also be micro-chipped before           every year to ensure animal registration    registered which is retained for the life
registration can be accepted.               is renewed.                                 of the animal. This has assisted with the
                                                                                        identification of animals as the previous
New animal registrations for cats and       Animals found unsecured or at large
                                                                                        annual tag system created issues if the
dogs can be made in person at the Shire     from their property that are identifiable
                                                                                        incorrect tag was on the animal.
Offices at 181 Manifold St, Camperdown,     by means of an allocated Corangamite
Monday – Friday between 8:30 am –           Shire identification marker have a higher   The registration of animals provides
5 pm, or by mail with the appropriate       chance of being reunited with their         Corangamite Shire with an understanding
payment and copies of relevant proof        owners and therefore not impounded.         of the level of pet ownership in the
required.                                                                               community and in turn helps the
                                            When dogs and cats are outside of
                                                                                        Shire plan for services, information
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994,        the owner‘s premises, Corangamite
                                                                                        and programs associated with pets in
animal registration periods expire on 10    Shire identification tags must be
                                                                                        particular areas of the community.
April each year. Animal renewal notices     worn as outlined in section 20 of the

   6.1 CURRENT SITUATION                                                                   6.2 SUMMARY
                                                                                          Registration numbers of both dogs
   CURRENT ORDERS, LOCAL                    CURRENT COMPLIANCE                            and cats are falling slightly each
   LAWS, COUNCIL POLICIES                   ACTIVITIES                                    year.
   AND PROCEDURES                           Council’s aim is to work with the             This can be attributed to a slight
                                            community to achieve compliance               population reduction within
   Council has a range of policies and
                                            with legislation.                             Corangamite Shire, however
   Local Laws which support responsible
                                            Current activities include:                   unregistered animals are still
   pet ownership within the community
                                                                                          detected on a regular basis and are
   and assist animal owners to              • Media promotion
                                                                                          therefore considered an issue for
   understand their responsibilities. The   • Patrolling
                                                                                          the community.
   relevant policies and Local Laws are
                                            • Response to complaints
   included in Appendix 1.                                                                Registration and identification of
                                            • Early morning and late afternoon
                                                                                          pets are fundamental elements of
                                              spot inspections
   CURRENT EDUCATION /                                                                    responsible pet ownership and are
                                            • Enforce cases of failing to register        central to Council’s services and
   PROMOTION ACTIVITIES
                                            • Provide registration forms to               future planning.
   Council undertakes a range of              Veterinary Clinics
                                                                                          The ability to accurately identify
   activities to promote responsible
                                            • Door knocks                                 and return animals when they are
   pet ownership and compliance with
                                            • Information about the need to               lost or wandering ensures pets and
   registration requirements. These
                                              register domestic pets sent out             owners are reunited in the shortest
   include:
                                              to rural properties                         possible time.
   • Media articles in local papers
   • Counter services at Council offices
   • Flyers and newsletter
   • Annual microchipping week

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6.3 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT
  OBJECTIVE 1:
  IMPROVE THE ACCURACY OF COUNCIL’S REGISTRATION DATABASE

     ACTIVITY                                     WHEN                    EVALUATION

     Improve the accuracy of Council’s pet        July-August each year   Ensure that Council’s pet registration database
     registration database by contacting                                  can be accurately cross referenced with
     Central Animal Records and obtaining                                 Central Animal Records data
     details of all pets microchipped in the
                                                                          Aim for an increase in the accuracy of the
     municipality
                                                                          numbers of pet registration following Central
     Check that all animals are listed on                                 Animal Records data analysis
     Council’s pet registration database
     and follow up non-compliance

     Maintain and renew the existing 84Y          Annually                100% of existing 84Y agreements are
     agreements with Veterinary Clinics                                   maintained each year
     within the Shire

     Develop online animal registration,          June 2018               Ability for customers to register and pay for
     payments and renewals capability                                     animal registrations and renewals online
     through Councils website

     Ensure Council’s fact sheets and             Ongoing                 Council website contains information clarifying
     other information material explain the                               the difference between microchipping and
     difference between registration and                                  registration
     microchipping

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OBJECTIVE 2:
INCREASE THE ACCURACY OF DOG AND CAT REGISTRATION NUMBERS EACH YEAR

 ACTIVITY                                    WHEN                         EVALUATION

 Ensure all seized and impounded animals     Prior to release for         Review registration numbers annually
 are registered to their owner prior to      seized and 7 days for        Review the numbers of dogs and cats being
 release                                     impounded pets               seized and impounded that are not registered
                                                                          to an owner

 Targeted door knocking of 10% of the        Annual door knocks for the   Review and record annual registration numbers
 municipality each year to check for         months of May to July each   Review the number of dogs and cats being
 unregistered and un-identified dogs         year for registrations       seized and impounded that are not registered
 and cats                                                                 to an owner

 Issue ‘Pet registration warning notices’    Ongoing                      Notices to comply
 to residents identified as owning
 unregistered pets or identified as not
 renewing their annual registration

 Ensure unpaid infringements are pursued     Ongoing                      Unpaid fines referred to court
 through the Court system as required
 under the Domestic Animal Act 1994

 Ensure all authorised officers have a       Ongoing                      Annual review of equipment and maintain a
 microchip scanner and laptop to enable                                   small items register
 identification of animals at all times

 Ensure animal registration is checked       Ongoing                      Implemented
 as part of any pet related complaint or
 compliance process

 Continue to use social media and publish    December 2017                Advertising of Microchipping Week
 regular articles in local papers and
 promote the reduced fee microchipping
 week in partnership with vets

 Include animal registration forms in new    January 2018                 Website allows online application and new
 resident packs and electronic application                                resident kits include registration form
 forms and payment on Council website.

 Develop and promote a free ride home        January 2018                 Promotion included in radio advertising,
 approach to registered and microchipped                                  Council website and Facebook
 animals found wandering for the first
 time, if they have not caused a nuisance

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7. NUISANCE
  DOG DROPPINGS                                NUISANCE

  The failure of some dog owners to pick       Council treats the issue of animal           This process usually helps the owner
  up after their dog/s is an issue that is     nuisance seriously; an essential first       acknowledge that they have an issue and
  regularly being raised with Council.         step with any barking dog issue is for the   that they need to seek advice on how to
                                               complainant to contact the dog owner.        resolve the barking.
  Shop owners and public open space users
  alike are very vocal at the mess that is     In most cases the owner of the dog does      Cat trespassing is also a common issue
  often left by dogs which may be either       not even know that their dog is barking or   within the Corangamite Shire. Council has
  accompanied or unaccompanied by their        is annoying other parties.                   a cat trap hire service and may also issue
  owners.                                                                                   compliance notices to those who allow
                                               Corangamite Shire is a rural environment
                                                                                            their cat to be at large.
  Council is currently undertaking follow up   and therefore most people are happy to
  inspections with regular early morning       take the first step of making contact,       It is important that owners of cats are
  and late evening patrols.                    however if they are not prepared to do so,   educated about their responsibilities
                                               the problem is often not rectified until     through responsible pet ownership
  Local Laws require owners to carry a
                                               Council is notified.                         programs and a focus is placed on long
  plastic bag to clean up after their dogs
                                                                                            term behaviour change. Properties and
  when in public. Officers provide education   Council officers have the skills to become
                                                                                            areas that are experiencing difficulties
  on responsible pet ownership for those       involved and discuss with owners the
                                                                                            with cat trespass are encouraged to
  not complying when detected.                 reasons for the nuisance activity and
                                                                                            talk with Council officers to help identify
                                               develop solutions with the dog owner.
  Unfortunately enforcement (fines) may                                                     strategies that the landowner or land
                                               In extreme cases Council may need to
  be the most effective way to get the                                                      manager can implement to rectify the
                                               issue Dog Diaries to dog owners and the
  message across to some pet owners that                                                    issue.
                                               complainants.
  they need to take responsibility for their
  pets.

     7.1 CURRENT SITUATION

     CURRENT ORDERS, LOCAL                     CURRENT COMPLIANCE
     LAWS, COUNCIL POLICIES                    ACTIVITIES
     AND PROCEDURES                            Council treats the issue of animal
                                               nuisance seriously. Council currently
     Council has a range of policies that
                                               undertakes the following compliance
     support Domestic Animal Management
                                               activities in support of nuisance
     and the application of Council’s Local
                                               offences:
     Laws within the community (see
     Appendix 1). Councils Local Laws were     • vehicle patrols and nuisance
     reviewed and updated in 2015 and            complaint response
     support responsible pet ownership         • dog attack (immediate response,
     principals.                                 24 hour on call Ranger service)
                                               • registration and identification of
     CURRENT EDUCATION /                         menacing and dangerous dogs
     PROMOTION ACTIVITIES                      • restricted breed dog, annual
     Council currently undertakes                property inspection
     educational and promotional activities    • annual door knocks
     in support of nuisance offences. These    • cat trap hire service
     include:
                                               • notice to comply, verbal
     • Annual Microchipping Week                 and written warnings,
                                                 infringement notices
     • Use of on hold messages
                                               • Council pound operation for the
     • Councils website to inform pet
                                                 impounding of animals
       owners of any upcoming activities
     • Social media

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7.2 SUMMARY
Council has seen a drop in the number of    deemed suitable are then rehomed to
unregistered dogs impounded in the past     the RSPCA. There has been an increase
few years.                                  in the number of impounded cats and
                                            euthanizing of these cats, due to no
This can be partly attributed to dog
                                            identification and or being deemed
owners understanding the need to
                                            feral. There are key trouble areas within
microchip their dogs, however the
                                            the shire and a number of cat hoarders
primary reason is believed to be
                                            that do not understand the impact the
the use of social media and online
                                            cats are having on other people and the
communication that results in animals
                                            environment.
being returned without the inclusion of
Council for identification.                 Council will continue to identify agencies
                                            willing to take suitable cats for rehoming,
Council has established a rehousing
                                            however, still do not have anyone willing
agreement with the Warrnambool RSPCA.
                                            to take on this responsibility.
After initial appraisal of impounded dogs
where the owner cannot be located, any

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7.3 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT
  OBJECTIVE 1:
  REDUCE CAT NUISANCE COMPLAINTS PER YEAR BY 2%

     ACTIVITY                                                WHEN              EVALUATION

     Make available education material about cat             Ongoing           Replenish education material on cat enclosures
     enclosures and nuisance issues to cat owners.                             at reception
     Information packs are readily available via reception

     Assist residents and community groups to deal with      Ongoing           Keep records on the number of traps hired out
     cat trespass/nuisance problems by advising that
                                                                               Keep updated records of the number of cats
     Council has cat traps for hire
                                                                               impounded

     Provide cat cages to residents experiencing issues      Ongoing           Maintain a record of cat trap usage and
     with cats                                                                 numbers caught

     Provide information to assist residents using cat       Ongoing via       Information included on Council website
     traps to do so humanely and to look after the cat’s     website or when
     welfare                                                 providing traps

  OBJECTIVE 2:
  REDUCE DOG NUISANCE COMPLAINTS PER YEAR BY 2%

     ACTIVITY                                                WHEN              EVALUATION

     Inspect dog on leash signage throughout the shire       December          Review signage and condition of signs and
     and update as required                                  each year         replace/clean as necessary

     Enforce/advise local laws regarding the collection      Ongoing           Continue to advertise and monitor known
     and disposal of dog faeces                                                trouble areas

     Use barking dog complaint/                              Ongoing           Council will continue to provide information to
     investigation kit                                                         all parties

     Investigate the establishment of a dog off leash park   2018              Results of the investigation identify if this
                                                                               could be established within the shire

     Investigate opportunities to support community          2018              Investigation completed into the ability for
     groups to install and manage dog poo bag                                  Council to support community lead installation
     dispensers

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OBJECTIVE 3:
ENSURE DOMESTIC ANIMALS ARE CONSIDERED DURING EMERGENCIES

 ACTIVITY                                            WHEN           EVALUATION

 Develop an Emergency Animal Management Plan         January 2018   Plan developed

 Ensure Council Relief Centres have procedures and   2018           Procedures in place and ERC audit completed
 the capacity to cater for domestic animals

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8. DOG ATTACKS
  There are currently low numbers of dog
  attacks reported to Council (see table             8.1 CURRENT SITUATION
  2 above). The low level of reporting is
  suspected to be due to the minor nature
                                                     CURRENT EDUCATION /                     CURRENT COMPLIANCE
  of some attacks or because the victim
                                                     PROMOTION ACTIVITIES                    ACTIVITIES
  is known to the animal owner. It is
  important for all attacks to be reported to        Council currently undertakes the        Council treats the issue of dog attack
  Council regardless of the level of injury to       following educational and promotional   very seriously. Council currently
  ensure further, more serious attacks do            activities in support of dog attacks:   undertakes the following compliance
  not occur in the future.                                                                   activities in support of dog attacks:
                                                     • patrolling
                                                                                             • vehicle patrols and complaint
                                                     • signed on-leash areas
                                                                                               response asap
                                                     • microchip week (annual event)
                                                                                             • dog attack (immediate response, 24
                                                     • regular articles in local media         hour on call Ranger service)

                                                                                             • registration and identification
                                                                                               of menacing and restricted breed
                                                                                               dogs including renewal and random
                                                                                               door knocks

                                                                                             • infringement notice system
                                                                                               and when required prosecution

                                                                                             • domestic animal pound for the
                                                                                               impounding of animals

          8.2 SUMMARY
          Serious dog attacks remain a risk with
          spring and summer the identified major
          risk period for serious and non-serious
          dog attacks. Confinement of dogs is a
          priority with the instances of wandering
          dogs increasing the risk to other pets,
          humans and livestock.

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8.3 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT
OBJECTIVE 1:
IMPROVE REPORTING OF DOG ATTACKS

 ACTIVITY                                               WHEN             EVALUATION

 Improve information on the Council website relating    Annually         Website continually updated, reviewed and
 to dog attack investigations and reporting                              improved. Last updated May 2017

 Improve public awareness of what a dog attack is       Annually         Evaluate this activity (and overall objective) by
 and how to report using media articles, and discuss                     comparing the number of dog attacks reported
 with local vets about the need to report all attacks                    to Council each year
 and website updates

OBJECTIVE 2:
IMPROVE AWARENESS OF SAFETY AROUND DOGS

 ACTIVITY                                               WHEN             EVALUATION

 Publicise key dog attack prevention messages (eg:      Peak times       Compare the number of reported dog attack
 confinement of dogs to property, leash laws, etc.)     November-April   incidents pre and post campaign
 through media articles, mail outs, website info,
                                                                         Council will emphasize the importance of
 A-frame signage or billboards, targeted patrols
                                                                         reporting all dog attacks
 during peak dog attack times etc
                                                                         Record the type and number of educational
                                                                         materials distributed

 Improve public awareness of what a dog attack is       Annually         Evaluate this activity (and overall objective) by
 and how to report using media articles, and discuss                     comparing the number of dog attacks reported
 with local vets about the need to report all attacks                    to Council each year
 and website updates

OBJECTIVE 3:
DECREASE DOG ATTACKS ON LIVESTOCK

 ACTIVITY                                               WHEN             EVALUATION

 Talk to farmers while undertaking property visits      July-September   Media campaign in local newspapers
 regarding the responsibilities of owning dogs:         each year
                                                                         Council to emphasize the importance of
 Distribute BAW booklet Responsible ownership of                         reporting all dog attacks
 working dogs with registrations or upon farm visits

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9. DANGEROUS, MENACING & RESTRICTED BREED DOGS

  Council has a number of declared animals
  which have been determined to be either         9.1 CURRENT SITUATION
  Dangerous, menacing or restricted
  breed animals (see table 3 above).                                                      • educational and information
                                                  CURRENT ORDERS, LOCAL
  These animals are required to be housed                                                   services provided (as resources and
                                                  LAWS, COUNCIL POLICIES
  in a way that reduces the risk to the                                                     opportunity allows)
  community and assists in ensuring the
                                                  AND PROCEDURES
                                                                                          • Social media
  local laws team know the whereabouts of         Dangerous, menacing and restricted
  the animals at all times. Council officers      breed dogs are controlled by the
                                                                                          CURRENT COMPLIANCE
  work with the owners to ensure the              Domestic Animal Act 1994. Council
  requirements are met and the dogs are                                                   ACTIVITIES
                                                  also monitors the conditions and
  able to be identified, if being walked in       control measures applied by owners      Council treats all dangerous,
  public areas.                                   of restricted breed, dangerous and      menacing and restricted breed dogs
                                                  menacing dogs. All of these types of    very seriously. Council currently
                                                  dogs are reported on the Dangerous      undertakes the following compliance
                                                  Dog Register.                           activities in support of any such
                                                                                          offences:
                                                  CURRENT EDUCATION /                     • vehicle patrols and complaint
                                                  PROMOTION ACTIVITIES                      response
                                                  Council currently undertakes the        • dog attack (immediate-including 24
                                                  following educational and promotional     hour Local Laws response)
                                                  activities, including providing
                                                  information about dangerous,            • registration and identification of
                                                  menacing and restricted breed dogs:       dangerous, menacing and restricted
                                                                                            breed dogs, including renewal home
                                                  • annual microchipping week (April        visit and annual door knocks
                                                    each year)
                                                                                          • infringement notice system
                                                  • use of on-hold messages and             and where required, prosecutions
                                                    Council’s website to inform pet
                                                    owners

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9.2 SUMMARY
Council currently has six dangerous,
three menacing and three restricted
breed dogs registered. The owners
of these animals are aware of their
obligations for the keeping of these
declared dogs. Council Officers also
inspect these properties to ensure
compliance with the Act.

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9.3 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT
  To ensure that all dangerous, menacing            Council notes changes arising from
  and restricted breed dogs are identified          the Domestic Animals Amendment Act
  and kept in accordance with the                   2015. This amendment establishes a
  Domestic Animal Act 1994.                         moratorium period for the destruction on
                                                    unregistered restricted breed dogs.

  OBJECTIVE 1:
  IDENTIFY AND REGISTER ALL DECLARED DOGS IN THE MUNICIPALITY

     ACTIVITY                                                     WHEN                    EVALUATION

     Utilise the declared dog flow chart to determine             Ongoing                 Monitor the use of the declared dog flow chart
     when to declare a dog                                                                as a guide and seek advice from Manager on
                                                                                          agreed outcomes

     Identify certain breeds on Councils registration data        Always                  Activate a breed alert on Tech One that will
     base for assessment under the approved standard                                      not allow certain breeds to be registered until
     under the Act                                                                        approved by an officer

     Cross-reference the microchip database information           July-August             Annually contact Central Animal Records to
     with the current Council registration database for           each year               review all registrations
     potential restricted breed dogs

     Inspect all industrial properties in the municipality        Ongoing                 Talk to local business owners about the
     for dogs housed or kept for guarding purposes                                        requirements of keeping guard dogs

     Educate the community about declared dogs                    Ongoing                 Website updated regarding dog attacks and
                                                                                          the need to report

  OBJECTIVE 2:
  EFFECTIVELY INSPECT AND AUDIT ALL DECLARED DOG PREMISES ANNUALLY TO ENSURE
  THEY ARE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS

     ACTIVITY                                                     WHEN                    EVALUATION

     Inspect and audit declared dog premises annually to          Ongoing                 Annually (February)
     ensure compliance with legislation

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10. OVERPOPULATION AND HIGH EUTHANASIA
  2016 data indicates there are problems
  related to overpopulation of cats in                   10.1 CURRENT SITUATION
  Corangamite shire with 93% of cats
  impounded being euthanised. By                                                                    • Posting pictures of impounded dogs
                                                         CURRENT ORDERS, LOCAL
  contrast, euthanasia rates amongst dogs                                                             on Council’s Facebook page
  delivered to the pound is 8.2%. While
                                                         LAWS, COUNCIL POLICIES
  there is still room for improvement in dog             AND PROCEDURES                             • Officers return registered
  euthanasia rates, the most significant                                                              impounded dogs and cats with a
                                                         Council’s pound and euthanasia
  issue remains unacceptably high cat                                                                 warning only, for a first occasion, if
                                                         practices are guided by the Domestic
  euthanasia rates.                                                                                   no issues have been caused by the
                                                         Animal Act 1994. Council policy is to
                                                                                                      animal
  In 2016 only 3 of the 100 or 3.0% of cats              whenever possible, return any lost
  impounded by Corangamite Shire were                    or impounded animal at-large to
  reclaimed by their owner.                              its rightful owner. Prior to release       CURRENT COMPLIANCE
                                                         all animals must be microchipped           ACTIVITIES
  This data indicates that:
                                                         and owners given seven (7) days to
                                                                                                    Council regards its euthanasia rates
  1. Cats that are registered are rarely 		              register their pets.
                                                                                                    as moderately high. Council currently
     impounded
                                                                                                    undertakes the following compliance
  2. There is a significant number of cats               CURRENT EDUCATION /
                                                                                                    activities in support of increasing
     that are either:                                    PROMOTION ACTIVITIES                       registration and thereby reducing
      a. feral or                                        Council’s promotion of registration        euthanasia rates:
      b. semi-domesticated and not being                 and the highly publicised
                                                                                                    • renewal follow-ups for registrations
         collected by those who feed local 		            microchipping week, are strong
                                                                                                      and the identification of domestic
         stray cats                                      reminders to the public that their pet
                                                                                                      dogs and cats
                                                         will be returned to them if by chance
                                                         it does get lost. Council currently        • vehicle patrols and nuisance
                                                         undertakes the following educational         complaint response
                                                         and promotional activities in support      • a domestic animal pound for
                                                         of nuisance offences:                        impounded animals
                                                         • annual microchipping week                • infringement notice system
                                                         • use of on-hold messages and                and where required, prosecution
                                                           Council’s website to inform owners         services
                                                         • educational and information
                                                           services provided, as resources and
                                                           opportunities allow

  In December 2017, parliament passed the Domestic Animals Amendment Act 2017 (Puppy Farms and pet shops). This amendment
  specifically amends the Act to:

  •      Limit the number of fertile female dogs breeders can keep

  •      Restrict pet shops to selling dogs and cats sourced from shelters, pounds or enrolled foster carers

  •      Clarify the role of foster carers

  •      Define ‘recreational breeders’ and microbreeders’

  •      Confirm the definition of ‘farm working dogs’

  •      Introduce the animal sale permit system

  •      Improve the traceability of cats and dogs through the establishment of the Pet Exchange Register

  •      Strengthen pet advertisement offences

  Council officers will work with the community to understand these changes and what actions they need to take to achieve the
  requirements of the legislation.

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10.2 SUMMARY
Tables 1 and 4 show a moderate to            (4) were surrendered to Council due to
high levels of euthanasia of impounded       various behavioural problems.
animals in the Corangamite Shire. The
                                             One of the main issues Council faces is
low level of cat registration is the major
                                             the ever present issue of feral cats at
cause of high euthanasia rates; an
                                             farms, abandoned houses etc. Council will
increase in cat registrations may see
                                             assist property owners with cat trapping
a reduction in euthanasia of cats that
                                             to remove unwanted and unowned feral
are not considered part of the feral
                                             cats. Council will continue to educate
population.
                                             people on responsible pet ownership
Council is currently trialling a rehousing   and educate them on micro chipping,
program with the RSPCA to rehouse            registration, desexing and containing
any suitable dogs and cats to them,          their cat securely within their premises.
after the holding period. This will lower
the euthanasia rate of dogs but of the
fourteen (14) euthanised last year four

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10.3 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT

  OBJECTIVE 1:
  TO REDUCE EUTHANASIA RATES OF SEIZED ANIMALS BY 5%

     ACTIVITY                                                WHEN                EVALUATION

     Rehouse suitable dogs and cats to the RSPCA or          When dogs and       Continue to lower the number of
     other suitable organisations                            cats are suitable   euthanised animals

     Increase the use of social media to assist with         Ongoing             Impounded animals which are unregistered and
     returning animals to owners                                                 not microchipped are posted on social media
                                                                                 to locate the owners

  OBJECTIVE 2:
  RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE UNREGISTERED CAT POPULATION

     ACTIVITY                                                WHEN                EVALUATION

     Reinforce the need to register all cats, emphasising    March to May        Increase the numbers of registered cats
     the discounted registration for desexed cats            each year
                                                                                 Compare data from CAR and actual cat
                                                                                 registrations

     Feral cat trapping program                              All year            Cat trap hire service is maintained for the
                                                                                 community

  OBJECTIVE 3:
  IDENTIFY AND CLOSE DOWN ALL ILLEGALLY OPERATING DOMESTIC ANIMAL BREEDING
  ESTABLISHMENTS (DAB) IN THE MUNICIPALITY

     ACTIVITY                                                WHEN                EVALUATION

     Work with people advertising pets for sale (in local    All year            Continue to monitor the number of council
     papers or on local noticeboards and Facebook), to                           registered breeding establishments and offer
     determine if they are a DAB and are registered with                         advice on regulations
     Council

     Audit operating DAB’s each year for compliance          Annually            Number of audits conducted, and summary of
     Enforce compliance with minimum requirements                                outcomes (including any DABs closed due to
                                                                                 non-compliance)

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11. DOMESTIC ANIMAL BUSINESSES

  Council currently has no registered
  Domestic Animal Businesses (DABs)               11.1 CURRENT SITUATION
  operating in the Shire. There are,
  however, a number of recreational               CURRENT ORDERS, LOCAL                       • Posting pictures of impounded dogs
  breeders who have developed their               LAWS, COUNCIL POLICIES                        on Council’s Facebook page
  establishments in accordance with codes         AND PROCEDURES                              • Officers return registered
  of practice and relevant legislation.
                                                                                                impounded dogs and cats with
  These properties may need to become             Domestic animal business registration
                                                                                                a warning only, for a first occasion,
  registered into the future, at which            is controlled by the Domestic Animal
                                                                                                if no issues have been caused by the
  time they will be considered against the        Act 1994.
                                                                                                animal
  relevant legislation.                           Council has a zero tolerance approach
                                                  to non-compliance in domestic               CURRENT COMPLIANCE
  11.2 CURRENT SITUATION                          animal businesses and will continue
                                                                                              ACTIVITIES
                                                  to investigate all reports of domestic
  There are approved Codes of Practice            animal breeding businesses operating        Council has a zero tolerance approach
  for the operation of breeding and               without the required registration.          to non-compliance in domestic
  rearing establishments, boarding                Council will continue to undertake door     animal businesses, and will continue
  establishments, and shelters and pounds.        knocks and property inspections when        to investigate all reports of domestic
  Pet shops are also included under the           alerted to suspected offenders.             animal breeding businesses operating
  Domestic Animal Act 1994. Council is                                                        without the required registrations.
  obliged to ensure each establishment            CURRENT EDUCATION /
  complies with the relevant Code of
                                                  PROMOTION ACTIVITIES
  Practice with annual audits.
                                                  Council provides information and
  All operating domestic animal businesses        guidance to every domestic animal
  are audited annually and any non-               business on the need to register, and
  compliance issues will be addressed             the requirements to be fulfilled under
  immediately.                                    the Act.

  11.3 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT

  OBJECTIVE 1:
  ENSURE THAT ALL ANIMAL MANAGEMENT OFFICERS ARE UPDATED ON THE LEGISLATION IN
  RELATION TO DABs

     ACTIVITY                                                WHEN                     EVALUATION

     All team members are to review fact sheets,             Annually prior to        Attend training for new legislation changes
     documents and changes to the Domestic Animal Act        inspections
     1994

  OBJECTIVE 2:
  ANNUALLY INSPECT AND AUDIT ALL REGISTERED DOMESTIC ANIMAL BUSINESSES

     ACTIVITY                                                WHEN                     EVALUATION

     Audit all operating DABs at least annually              Annually prior to        All DABs to be audited for compliance and
                                                             re-registration          detailed records maintained

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12. OTHER MATTERS
  Corangamite Shire is experiencing an
  increase in the number of cats being            12.1 CURRENT SITUATION
  surrendered to the Council Pound
  as a result of the feral cat trapping
                                                  CURRENT ORDERS, LOCAL                       CURRENT COMPLIANCE
  program including cats that are partially
  domesticated.
                                                  LAWS, COUNCIL POLICIES                      ACTIVITIES
                                                  AND PROCEDURES                              • on hold messages
  The dogs and cats surrendered are
  usually animals with behavioural issues         Council must accept dogs and cats           • routine patrol
  or are from owners who can no longer            kept in the district which are given to     • door knocks
  look after their pet/s any longer. Once         the Council by the owner of the animal,
                                                                                              • out of normal hours patrolling
  an animal is signed over to Council and         because the owner is no longer willing
  the reason for the owners surrendering          or able to care for that animal.
  the animal is established, Council then
  decides if the animal is suitable for
                                                  CURRENT EDUCATION /
  rehousing or not.
                                                  PROMOTION ACTIVITIES
                                                  Encourage responsible pet ownership
                                                  at all times, with a strong emphasis on
                                                  the following:

                                                  • encourage rehoming
                                                  • microchipping week
                                                  • registration
                                                  • training

  12.3 PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT

  OBJECTIVE 1:
  DECREASE THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS SURRENDERED

     ACTIVITY                                                  WHEN                   EVALUATION

     Continue rehoming of animals to RSPCA and other           Ongoing                Decreased numbers of surrendered animals
     suitable organisations

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12.2 SUMMARY
Under the Domestic Animal Act 1994,
Part 3 s33A, a Council of a municipal
district must accept any dog or cat kept
in the municipal district which is given to
the Council by the owner of the animal,
because the owner is no longer willing or
able to care for that animal.

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13. ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLAN & ANNUAL REPORTING

  13.1 SUMMARY

  Performance in domestic animal               The annual review will focus on measures
  management should be a regular               that relate to activities and targets listed
  focus for management. Appropriate            in this plan and will include educational
  performance statistics will be completed     programs, registrations of domestic
  and reported annually to the Executive       animals, numbers of animals at large,
  Management Team. A review of                 dog attacks, compliance activities and
  performance under the DAMP is required       levels of community satisfaction.
  to be included in Council’s Annual Report
  (section 68A (3) (c) of the Domestic
  Animal Act 1994).

     OBJECTIVE                                  CURRENT                                       TARGETS

     Develop Training Plan and maintain a       Training Plan Developed on                    Training Plan developed annually
     register of Authorised officer Training    three year cycle
                                                                                              Training Register maintained
                                                No Training Register

     Improve the accuracy of Council’s                                                        Animals collected and identified match
     Registration database                                                                    the owner’s details in the registration
                                                                                              and microchipping database

     Reduce cat and dog nuisance                No register currently maintained for          Register maintained and numbers of
     complaints per year by 2%                  Cat Nuisance complaints                       complaints decreasing by 2% annually

                                                Dog nuisance is recorded by currently
                                                not quantified

     Domestic animals considered in             Domestic Animals are considered in            Specific Domestic Animal plans
     Emergencies                                the MEMP planning process                     developed for emergency management

     Improve reporting of dog attacks           Number of formal reported dog                 100%
                                                attacks do not match reported
                                                attacks

     Identify and register all Declared Dogs    80%                                           100%
     in the municipality

     Inspect and audit all declared dog         100%                                          100%
     premises annually

     To reduce euthanasia rates of seized       From 2016 levels                              Reduction in numbers annually
     animals by 5%

     Decrease the amount of domesticated        From 2016 levels                              Reduction in numbers annually
     animals surrendered to Council

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14. COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
During the development of the Draft          Members of the community were
Domestic Animal Management Plan,             encouraged to provide feedback on the
council officers have discussed domestic     plan and proposed actions, both through
animal issues with community members         written submission or via feedback on
to gauge the community’s knowledge           Council’s website.
and aspirations for domestic animal
                                             Advertisements were placed in local
management.
                                             newspapers and on Council’s website
In addition to this, social media has been   promoting the draft plan and encouraging
used to raise key issues and test options    community feedback.
with the community for improving the
                                             Hard copies of the draft Plan were also
management of these issues.
                                             placed at the Council offices, veterinary
Community consultation for the draft         clinics and in public libraries during the
Domestic Animal Management Plan              consultation period.
was undertaken over a four week period
between 25 October and 22 November.

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Corangamite Shire Council
             Civic Centre, 181 Manifold Street, Camperdown VIC 3260
Telephone 03 5593 7100 Facsimile 03 5593 2695 Email shire@corangamite.vic.gov.au
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