Under the provisions of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 all Councils in Victoria are required to develop a Domestic Animal Management Plan which is renewed every 4 years. This plan outlines the services, programs and policies the City of Casey has established to address the administration of the Act and the management of dog and cat issues in our community.

We are currently in the process of reviewing and preparing the City of Casey’s Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 and need the community’s feedback on any animal management issues that are occurring in the municipality and how we can address them. This plan seeks to balance the needs of pet owners and the broader community, where people and pets can safely co-exist within the community.

Our aim is to develop a domestic animal management plan that promotes responsible pet ownership and the welfare of dogs and cats in the community; and protects the community and the environment from nuisance dogs and cats.

The plan covers the following:

  • Identify and evaluate animal management services and training programs for Authorised Officers
  • Promote and encourage responsible pet ownership
  • Minimise the risk of dog attacks in the community
  • Address any overpopulation and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats
  • Encourage the registration and identification of dogs and cats
  • Minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create nuisance
  • Effectively identify and manage all declared dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs kept within the municipality
  • Manage all Domestic Animal Businesses within the municipality and ensure compliance with relevant Code of Practice
  • Review current Local Laws and Orders to determine if they are effective
  • Identify any other specific animal management issues within the City of Casey.

The issues identified by the community will be reviewed and incorporated into the Domestic Animal Management Plan as key objectives for us to achieve over the next four years 2021-2025.