Responsible Animal Ownership
Owning a pet can provide great companionship however; deciding to become a pet owner also means you take on responsibilities to your pet and the community. Keeping your pet safe, controlled and behaved makes for a happy home and neighbourhood.
Read on to learn more about being a considerate and responsible pet owner or click here to view the My Pet. My Responsibility. My Maranoa. e-Book.
Registration makes it easier for lost animals to be identified and reunited with their owners. If the owner is not located or identified in Councils animal registration database, it is possible that a lost animal may be rehomed or as a last resort euthanised.
Animal registration aims to reduce the number of stray animals in Maranoa Region, lowering the operating cost associated with animal control and the number of cats and dogs that are euthanised each year.
Dog registration applies to all dogs being kept within the Maranoa Region – both in and out of town designated areas. Reduced rates apply to dogs located in non-designated town (rural) areas. Exemptions exist for both working and assistance dogs.
If your dog is 12 weeks or older, it must be registered. If you have recently moved into the area or have just become the owner of a dog, you must register the dog within 14 days of moving to the area or taking ownership.
In the Maranoa Regional Council area it is not mandatory for cats to be registered, however it is strongly recommended.
The registration and renewal period for cat and dog registrations starts 1 July and expires 30 June annually. Council issues a renewal notice in early June for each registered animal with payments due by 30 June.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Maranoa Regional Council Local Law No 2 (Animal Management) regulate the requirements for dogs and cats registration.
Download your Registration Form Here and register your dog or cat at your local customer service centre.
Download our Dog Registration Brochure here:
Change of Owner or Pet Details
It is the responsibility of the pet owner to contact Council of any changes relating to your pets including change of ownership, address or status of the animal e.g. microchip number. To change your animals registration details please contact Council.
Dog registration is an annual fee and expires on June 30 each year. Registration discounts are offered for desexed dogs and pensioner concession.
Reduced rates apply for dogs located outside of the town designated area. To review each towns designated map, please refer to the bottom of this page.
A list of registration fees for cats and dogs can be found in Council's Fees and Charges Schedule.
Failing to Register or Renew your Registration
Where an authorised person identifies a dog as not being registered for the current financial year an infringement notice will be issued. The fine for failing to register a dog is currently two penalty units. The current value of one penalty unit is $130.55
Council conduct annual inspection programs to monitor compliance with Dog Registration and Regulated Dog provisions. Should non-compliance be identified on the spot fines will be issued.
Microchipping & Desexing
The Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 requires all dogs and cats from 12 weeks of age to be microchipped. By taking this measure you will have a lifetime of traceable identification for your pet.
How microchipping works
A microchip (about the size of a grain of rice and with its own unique number programmed into it) is injected under the skin around your pet's shoulder area. It is a simple procedure which causes no side effects.
This microchip can be read simply by passing a scanner over your pet's skin. The scanned number is then checked against the State's microchip registry, which provides details of each pet's owners and registered contact details.
Once your pet is microchipped, you will receive a certificate of identification from the licensed microchip registry, which contains your contact details. It is important to check the information on this certificate and make sure you update the registry if your residential or contact details are incorrect and/or change.
If you are unsure of which agency your pet microchip is registered or would like to search for your details you can visit Central Animal Records http://www.car.com.au/ for more information.
Spaying or neutering your pet offers lifelong health benefits, reduces your animals urge to roam and can result in improved behaviour, and unwanted litters.
Council encourages the desexing of all pets and offers discounted registration fees for cats and dogs that are desexed.
Barking is a natural behaviour for dogs and while it is acceptable for a dog to bark to warn you of an intruder, it is the owners responsibility to train their dog not to bark at normal movement or noises such as passers-by, vehicles and animals near the property.
The first step in solving the problem is to identify why your dog is barking.
Why dogs bark
The main reasons for excessive barking include:
- Lack of exercise or mental stimulation
- Insufficient human companionship or attention
- Inadequate yard space or shelter
- Physical reasons such as hunger or thirst
- Medical conditions such as fleas, allergies or illness
- Disturbances such as thunder, fireworks or other loud noises
- Changes to family structure or territory
How to stop your dog barking
Depending on why your dog is barking, you may need to:
- Take the dog on more frequent walks and include it on family outings. Even if you have a large yard, dogs still need to socialise and experience the sounds and smells of walks outside
- Make the backyard environment more interesting. Provide your dog with toys or a large bone to chew
- Give the dog access to your house through a dog door
- Take your dog to obedience classes or undertake dog training
- Block the dog's view of movement outside the property with solid fencing, shade-cloth or hedging if the dog is barking at passers-by
- Make sure your dog is in good health by getting a check-up at the vet
Noisy dogs and the law
Under Council's Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011, the owner of an animal must take all reasonable steps to prevent the animal from causing a nuisance or disturbance to neighbouring properties.
If you are experiencing problems due to a barking dog near you please contact Council to receive a copy of the Barking Dog Information Kit or download our Fact Sheet.
My Neighbours dog barks what can I do?
Talk to your neighbour - Your neighbour may not be aware that their dog is barking or that their dog's barking is bothering you. If the barking persists after a week or two, speak with your neighbour again to provide feedback. If you are unable to contact your neighbour the following template letter may assist:
If your neighbour is unapproachable, or does not agree that a problem exists, you should contact Councils Community Safety team for further advice on 1300 07 662.
Lodging a complaint
Council will need the following information to allow us to carry out a fair and impartial investigation:
- The correct address of where the dog is kept
- A description of the dog
- Detailed list of dates, times and possible causes for the dogs barking
- How is the dogs barking affecting you?
This detailed information also helps the animal's owner to understand and resolve any problems that may be contributing to the excessive barking.
To download an Animal Noise Nuisance Assessment form, click here.
What can Council do to assist me?
In the first instance Council will contact the dog's owner and let them know that a complaint has been received. We will also provide the owner with the information on why dogs bark excessively and suggest ways in which this can be resolved.
Give your neighbour time – Understand that the dog owner needs time to fix the problem. There are no quick fixes to a barking problem. If however the excessive barking problem does not subside, Councils needs to be advised so we can investigate the matter further.
Council has a legal obligation to investigate all barking complaints, however some barking may not constitute a noise nuisance under the local law even if it annoys you. Council must be satisfied that the dogs is in fact creating a noise nuisance before taking further action.
For Council to take action sufficient evidence must be obtained to confirm the existence of the noise nuisance. It is also necessary that reasonable time and notice be provided to the owner to remedy the issue.
If Council is satisfied that a nuisance exists, a notice may be served upon the keeper of the offending dog/s requiring them to reduce the nuisance. Should the keeper fail to comply with the notice, Council may issuer a fine or commence other legal action to the resolve the matter. In the event that legal action is taken, all parties including the complainant and other witnesses may be asked to attend court to provide evidence.
Regulated Dogs & Dog Attacks
Frightening for all involved, dog attacks often result in serious injury to people, and can be fatal for animals.
As our residents have a right to feel safe in our community, it is the responsibility of pet owners to ensure their pet does not bite or act aggressively towards other people or animals.
If you are the owner of a dog, you are responsible for their actions.
For more information please download our fact sheet on preventing a dog attack.
Reporting an attack
If you, or your pet, has been attacked by a dog, or you have witnessed an attack, contact Council immediately to enable us to respond and investigate.
During office hours please call 1300 007 662 and speak to a Community Safety Officer or alternatively afterhours call the same number and select the application option to be transferred to the emergency After Hours Officer on Call.
When an attack occurs it is extremely important to contact Council immediately as this ensures we can secure the dog and gather important evidence/information to assist in the investigation.
To find out more about Reporting Attack and how Council Respond download this fact sheet
Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, there are requirements that apply to regulated dogs. Regulated dogs include dogs that have been declared dangerous, menacing or restricted.
Council may declare your dog dangerous or menacing if it:
- Has bitten or attacked a person or animal
- Has acted in a way that caused fear to a person or another animal; and/or
- Was declared dangerous by another local government
If your dog is declared as a regulated dog, there are specific requirements that you must follow. Be sure to contact Council for more information. Some of the conditions to retain the regulated dog, include, but not limited to the following.
- The dog must be microchipped
- The dog must, at all times, wear a collar with an attached identifying tag
- A specific enclosure for the dog must be maintained
- Signage must be placed near each entrance to the place the dog is kept
- The dog may be required to be de-sexed
- The dog may be required to wear a muzzle in public
A restricted dog is a breed prohibited from importation into Australia. Residents are prohibited from keeping these dog breeds within the Maranoa Regional Council area. These breeds include:
- American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa
- Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
Dog Off Leash Areas
All dogs must be on a leash at all times when in public places, except in designated off leash area. If your dog is found wandering at large or not on a leash in a public place you may be fined.
A off leash dog park is currently under construction in Roma. This park will be located at Shady's Lagoon just near the Charles Street Entrance to the Adungadoo Pathway.
Please download our brochure for more information on the Roma Dog Park and a handy location map.
Roma Dog Park Rules
To keep our Dog Park safe and fun please remember:
- Dogs must be registered and have up-to-date vaccinations
- Remember that off-leash does not mean out of control
- Please keep your dog under control
- Dogs must be leashed while entering & exiting the park
- Clean up and place waste in the bins provided
- Owners are legally responsible for the behaviour of their dog at all times
- Council is not responsible for injury or damage; enjoy at your own risk.
- All children under 16 must be with an adult
- Declared Menacing & Dangerous dogs, puppies and dogs on heat are NOT PERMITTED in this area.
Council's designated urban area maps