Recognising National Desexing Month, Council is reminding Casey’s dog and cat owners of the importance of responsible pet ownership.
Having a pet can be a wonderful addition to your family, and being a responsible pet owner means ensuring your pet is exercised, trained, microchipped, desexed, registered, and most of all cared for and loved.
Tips on responsible pet ownership:
- Ensure your pet is registered with Council and your registration details are up to date. Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, any dog or cat which is three months of age or older needs to be registered with Council and paid by 10 April each year. If you haven’t yet registered your pet contact Council or register your pet online.
- Get your pet microchipped. Microchipping your pet helps ensure their safe return if they become lost.
- Confine your dogs and cats to your property: Dogs and cats must be confined to the property of their owner at all times, otherwise the owner is guilty of an offence and may receive an infringement.
Most dog attacks are the result of poor fencing or open gates, and occur very close to the dog’s home. Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t have to roam and, providing their basic needs are met, can enjoy longer and healthier lives when safely contained to their property.
- Desex your pet if they are not a show or breeding animal is extremely important. It prevents unwanted litters and can reduce the risk of cancer in some cases. It can also reduce antisocial behaviour in males, including aggressive, and dominate behaviour.
- Pick up after your pet: Under the Casey Community Local Law, a person in charge of a dog or other animal must immediately remove and properly dispose of any dog or animal litter deposited by that animal in any public place. Owners that breach the Local Law can be issued with an on the spot infringement.
- Pamper and care for your pet: Feed an adequate balanced diet, provide clean water at all times and a cosy, dry place to sleep and ensure your pets are vaccinated. Dogs need regular exercise and attention, and there are many great parks and reserves across Casey to enjoy with your pet.