Greater Shepparton City Council wishes to remind animal owners to be aware of their responsibilities in keeping their pets, particularly dogs safe.
As the restrictions continue for COVID-19 and owners are walking their dogs on a more regular basis it is important to remember to keep dogs effectively restrained by a leash.
Council’s Manager Environment Greg McKenzie said it was every dog owner’s responsibility to ensure their animal does not pose a risk in the community.
“We know unrestrained or unattended dogs are far more likely to be involved in tricky situations such as being involved in a dog attack, wandering off, getting caught in traffic or reacting in fear to something,” Mr McKenzie said.
“Owners who keep their dogs on a leash are complying with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 which states dogs must be on a leash, that is no greater than three metres in length, at all times in public places within the municipality. Council recognises the need for designated off-leash areas is beneficial for the health and wellbeing of dogs” Mr McKenzie said.
“Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the off leash dog park will reopen. Owners can allow their dogs to exercise off the leash inside secure fencing as long as the owner can effectively control their pet in an undesirable situation.”
Other responsibilities of pet owners include cleaning up after their dog. All dog owners are required to clean up after their pets if they defecate in a public place.