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Animal management

Pet ownership is one of the greatest delights for many residents across the Bundaberg Region. Along with this ownership comes a responsibility to care and protect your pet. Council is charged with a regulatory responsibility to ensure pet owners abide by State imposed regulations as well as Council's local laws. In 2008, the Queensland Government introduced the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

The aim of this new Act is to establish a consistent approach to animal management in Queensland though mandatory identification and registration of cats and dogs. The Act promotes the responsible ownership of cats and dogs and provides the effective management of "regulated" dogs. Our staff take great pride in their commitment to the region's pet owners and their pets and the need to balance that care with their responsibilities to the wider community.

Council's animal management team provide an essential service to the community. Staff help to keep the community and animals safe by responding to, and investigating, all animal related requests. During an operational year Council's animal management team receive nearly 10,000 requests, more than 180 requests per week.These requests include:

  • wandering dogs (about 20 per week)
  • impounded animals (about 30 per week)
  • animal nuisance complaints (about 30 per week)
  • barking dog complaints (about 10 per week)
  • stock wandering/lost/found (about 10 per week)
  • incidental animal enquiries (about 90 per week)

Responsible pet ownership

You can be a responsible pet owner by doing the following

  • registering your cat and/or dog
  • de-sexing your cat or dog at an early age
  • ensuring your cat or dog is kept contained to your property at all times
  • identifying your cat or dog with a collar and tag, or a microchip
  • providing clean, fresh water at all times
  • keeping your pets secure - pets that wander are in danger of being injured or killed by a car, impounded or stolen
  • choosing a breed of dog or cat that is suitable to your home and lifestyle
  • socialising your dog as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals and teaching it correct behaviour
  • exercising your dog regularly - always walk your dogs on a leash and under the control of a responsible person while in public places
  • controlling dogs if they bark
  • keeping your dog or cat healthy by ensuring that its vaccinations, including parvovirus, are up to date, and that it receives a healthy and balanced diet

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