Secure fences and gates protect your dog from the dangers of roaming, stop it causing a nuisance in your neighbourhood, and ensure your dog does not hurt other animals or people. While many people keep dogs as a deterrent for unauthorised entry to their property, it is important that people are safe when walking near properties that house dogs.
A straying dog is a concern to neighbours and the community. Owners are liable for any injuries or damage their dog causes.
People in the community have a right to live without interference from other people’s pets. Unaccompanied animals roaming the streets are a risk and all residents have a right to have the animals captured and either taken to the pound or returned to their owners.
When Council finds a roaming pet with a registration tag, the pet will be taken to its registered address. If no-one is home to accept it, attempts will be made to contact the owner and the pet will be taken to the pound to ensure its safety.
Unregistered pets are impounded and scanned for a microchip. If the pet is not microchipped it will be transported to the Ballarat Animal Shelter. If the pet is microchipped, attempts will be made to contact the owner and reunite the pet with its owner as soon as possible. Pound release fees and registration fees must be paid before the animal can be returned to the owner.
The RSPCA provides advice on how to keep your cat safe and happy at home. Read the RSPCA cat resource(PDF, 1MB).