Know the law about owning a dog or a cat

Local councils play an important role in controlling dogs and cats.

Local councils play an important role in controlling dogs and cats.

“The government’s tougher laws… have forced owners of dangerous dogs or restricted breed dogs to control these animals appropriately or face severe penalties, including hefty fines and jail terms up to 10 years” – Peter Walsh, Minister for agriculture and food security.

Once again the laws governing dog attacks are a hot topic in the Herald Sun today, with the mayor of Hume City Council reminding Victorians that this is a problem that won’t go away. This year alone, according to the mayor, Hume council spent $100,000 on legal fees relating to dog confiscations and re-housing.

If you are a pet owner, it’s important to get your head around the rights and responsibilities that come with owning a pet.

There are serious consequences for dogs that are considered dangerous or menacing and dogs of restricted breeds. There are serious consequences for dogs that act aggressively. If you own a dog, or if you have been involved in an incident with somebody else’s dog, you should know where you stand.

We recently updated our free guide to the laws about owning a dog or cat in Victoria. Dogs, cats, neighbours and you explains everything from restricted-breed dogs (what are they?) to ownership laws (did you know you are considered the owner of an animal even if you’re only looking after it for a short time?).

Download or order your free copy of Dogs, cats, neighbours and you today.

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