Paws to have your say on Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan

Published on 25 January 2018

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A community where people and pets can live together safely and in harmony is the goal of the Domestic Animal Management Plan, which is available for people to provide feedback on. 

Surf Coast Shire Council endorsed the Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2017-21 at its January meeting. The plan will guide the way that Council works to influence behaviour and actions in the management of cats and dogs.

The draft plan was developed following a survey that welcomed more than 420 responses and a workshop with 32 participants. Important issues identified included dog behaviour, threats to wildlife and stock, enforcement, dog litter and responsible pet ownership.

There are more than 6,600 registered dogs and cats in the Surf Coast. With this large population there are various issues and tensions, as we understand that not all people are animal lovers.

The plan outlines how we can address these issues and tensions, and ensure that we are protecting the community and the environment.

Submissions on the Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-21 will close at 4pm Thursday 1 March 2018. To have your say, visit www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au/DAMP.