Livestock and dog owner responsibilities
Council would like to remind all livestock owners to physically check their boundary fences to ensure they are of an adequate standard for keeping their stock inside their property. Any fences that are not adequate should be repaired as soon as possible. Livestock that roams onto neighbouring properties or public roads poses a serious risk to motorists and or danger to your stock by predatory attacks. Roaming livestock can also result in fees being incurred to the stock owner if they are impounded by Animal Control.
Council would also like to remind dog owners of their legal responsibilities of keeping their dogs under control in relation to stock, wildlife, and traffic. This is especially important for dog owners living in rural areas near farming blocks. Dogs that roam from their property and worry livestock can be at risk of being seized or destroyed by the stock owner. It is important to note that a livestock owner can only seize or destroy if the dog is caught immediately in the act of attacking livestock.
Living in a coastal area is also an area for dog owners to be vigilant in. Coastal areas are home to protected wildlife such as penguins, which are an easy target for dogs. Should your dog injure or kill protected wildlife you as an owner can incur an infringement notice. Dogs are also at risk of being injured or killed by other wildlife, such as seals.
As a responsible dog owner, please ensure your property is fully fenced or that your dog is kept under proper control at all times. Failure to control your dog can result in impoundment fees.
For more information please contact Animal Control on 03 769 8600.