New animal management plan

Tara Murray

A new animal management plan from Brimbank will focus on improving education and compliance to help address persistent issues with cats and dogs.

Brimbank Council Domestic Animal Management Plan [DAMP] 2021-2025 was released at last week’s board meeting, detailing the board’s plan for the next four years.

The plan identified several areas where the board could improve, including increased compliance with registration requirements for cats and dogs, initiatives to reduce stray cat populations and associated euthanasia rates, issues related to barking dogs, controlling dog owners in public places and unconfined dogs. to their property.

“This DAMP recognizes the larger community and personal context regarding pets and the issues that need to be better understood,” the report says.

“As a result, this DAMP also takes into account the issues and opportunities associated with: improving understanding of the changed scope of service within the board and partnerships with relevant departments to meet service needs and goals commons provision of pound and shelter services layout planning for dogs in open public spaces optimizing partnerships with the community to achieve DAMP recommendations improving communication with CALD [culturally and linguistically diverse] communities that often have divergent attitudes and experiences regarding pets, dogs in particular, support pet owners in crisis situations.

Councilor Virginia Tachos said there is a need to continue education in the community to keep animals and the community safe.

“For many years we have had problems with feral cats and their control, which has caused great damage and threat to native species,” she said.

“Unfortunately, this created a great risk of disease to impact the protected native fauna.

“We all have a responsibility to protect our environment, native wildlife and our people.

“Streamlining the cat trapping process and the nuisance dog reporting process, as well as identifying unregistered animals to increase registration will assist in the continued application of the animal management plan. “

The plan will be subject to public comment for six weeks.