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Responsible Pet Ownership

It’s great to have a pet! Remember, however, for the comfort and safety of others living in Banyule, there are some important things you should know:

Nuisance animals

The Domestic Animals Act recognises the importance of dogs and cats as pets. In addition to registering your pet you have a responsibility to ensure that your pet/s is not a nuisance to your neighbours.

Council Officers receive hundreds of complaints in regards to cat issues every year. If you have an issue with cats please contact Customer Service on Ph: 9490 4222 and log a complaint with them. For information on how to prevent your cat from becoming a nuisance please contact Cat Protection Society on Ph: 9434 7155 or council rangers on Ph: 9490 4222. Cat Protection is also the contract pound for Banyule City Council.

Incessant barking from a dog can cause all sorts of problems for dog owners and their neighbours. For information on how to deal with a barking dog, please refer to our our "Dealing with Barking Dogs in Banyule" booklet under Related Content above or contact our Customer Service staff on Ph: 9490 4222 for lodging a barking dog complaint with Council. 

Dog obedience

There are a number of dog obedience clubs in the Banyule area. Dog obedience is a great way to socialise your dog and meet people with a common interest.

Dog obedience clubs in Banyule include:

Dog attacks

Dog owners are responsible for the control and confinement of their dogs. Current laws provide for heavy penalties for owners of dogs that rush people. In instances where the dog has attacked and caused serious injury or death, the owner may be taken to court.

See the' Dog Attack - Information for victims' document under Related Information.

In addition to serious attacks the dog may be either destroyed or declared as being dangerous. If the dog is declared dangerous there are special restrictions that will be applied.

Desexing of cats and dogs

The benefits of having your animals desexed are that it prevents unwanted young being born and can help calm animals. Desexed animals are not as aggressive and do not tend to wander as often.

Council provides assistance to pensioners and health care card holders by providing an Australian Veterinary Desexing voucher which entitles the owner to a discounted desexing fee which is accepted by the majority of the vets within Banyule City Council municipality. These vouchers are valid for one month from the date of issue. For more information about the vouchers please contact our Customer Service staff on 9490 4222.

 You can have your pet desexed at:

  • Most veterinary surgeons
  • RSPCA 9224 2222
  • Lort Smith Hospital 9328 3021
  • Lost Dogs Home 9329 2755
  • Cat Protection Society 9434 7155

Download the Responsible pet ownership brochure and the Responsible cat ownership pamphlet by clicking the links located under Related information.

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