Owning a pet can give your family years of fun, but it is your responsibility to keep your pets safe, healthy and out of trouble with neighbours and other community members.
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.
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.
If dogs leave the property they must be on a lead. All dogs over three months of age in a designated urban area must be registered with council.
Fences and gates protect your animals from the dangers of roaming and stop them from causing a nuisance in your neighbourhood and ensure that your pet doesn’t hurt other animals or people.
While many people keep dogs as a deterrent for unauthorised people entering their property, it is important that people legally passing near properties housing dogs are protected from them.
Animals that are not kept safely behind a fence can risk being injured or causing injury to others if they:
- become a traffic hazard for motorists
- are a bite risk to innocent people
- can display territorial aggression
- are an annoyance to other animals in the community and
- can cause property damage.
Irresponsible owners will be liable for any injuries or damages that their animals cause.
Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011 states that:
A person who keeps an animal must maintain a proper enclosure to prevent the animal from escaping the person’s property.
Generally this means that the enclosure you provide for your animals must stop them from going over, under or through your fence.
After hours emergency animal control situations are to be reported on 1300 007 662 (follow the voice prompt and select the option for animal control). Please note this phone number is strictly for afterhours emergencies only (i.e. aggressive dogs, restrained wandering dogs, dog attacks and roaming stock in the town area).
All complaints relating to other situations such as barking dogs, unrestrained wandering dogs etc will be dealt with on the next working day.
Registration makes it easier for lost animals to be identified and reunited with their owners. All dogs over the age of three months in urban areas must be registered with Council and the current registration tag must be attached to the animal.
The annual registration period runs from 1 July to 30 June the following year. Registration of cats is not compulsory, however Council encourages pet owners to have their cats microchipped. This is the best way to identify lost pets and re-unite them with their owners.
Pro-rata registration (adjusted cost) rates apply from 1 January each year and are available to new dogs arriving into our community.
For registration renewals, the full amount applies throughout the year.
Registration fees for dogs are reduced if your dog is de-sexed and further reduced if microchipped. Pensioner concessions also apply.
Failing to register or renew your dog's registration may result in an infringement notice. The fine for failing to register a dog is currently two penalty units.
Download a Animal Registration Application Form form and register at your local Council Customer Service Centre.
Change of Owner/Pet Details
Council needs to be informed of any changes regarding your pet(s) including; change of ownership, departure from the region, deceased pets and change of address. To change your animal registration details, please contact Council's Community Safety Team on 1300 007 662.
How many dogs can I own?
Local laws permit residents in urban areas to keep 2 dogs
An application process is required to keep more than 2 dogs on a town property (with a maximum of 4 dogs, with approval) and 1 dog on a multi-residential property (with a maximum of 2 dogs, with approval)
An 'assistance dog' refers to:
- guide dog
- a dog trained to assist a person in activities where hearing is required
- any other animal trained to assist a person to alleviate the effect of a disability.
This definition is contained in section 9 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
Registration fees do not apply to assistance dogs.
Council's designated urban area maps