A note to dog owners

GRENFELL SHOW FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Please be advised that the Grenfell Show will host their annual Fireworks display on Friday September 1. Please ensure all pets are secured for this event.

It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid.

Running away from the noise is a survival instinct.

Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder, so please keep them indoors or secured this Friday evening during the fireworks spectacular.

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These adorable pure bred Kelpie pups are looking for new homes.

These adorable pure bred Kelpie pups are looking for new homes.

Be sure to keep your pets secured during this Friday's Grenfell Show Fireworks spectacular.

Be sure to keep your pets secured during this Friday's Grenfell Show Fireworks spectacular.

DOGS AND LIVESTOCK

An approved Council off leash area on the corner of South and West Streets.

An approved Council off leash area on the corner of South and West Streets.

With Spring lambing nearly upon us, concerns have been raised yet again in regard to the issue of dogs attacking sheep.

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NOTE TO ALL DOG OWNERS

The definition of a “dog attack” under the Companion Animals Act 1998 is (quoted legislation):

Do the right thing by your beloved pet dogs.

Do the right thing by your beloved pet dogs.

“Any dog that rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not an injury is caused to the person or animal (Section 16 (1)”.

This incurs a minimum penalty of $550.00 and means that your dog does not have to “kill” livestock for a $550 offence to have been committed.

Additionally, under the Companion Animals Act 1998 Part 3 Section 22

(5) If a dog that is not under the effective control of some competent person enters any Inclosed Lands within the meaning of the Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 and approaches any animal being farmed on the land, the occupier of the land, or any person authorised by the occupier can lawfully injure or destroy the dog if he or she reasonably believes that the dog will molest, attack or cause injury to any of those animals.

(Please note: - All incidences of this nature must be in compliance with the Firearms Owners Legislation. Any questions in relation to the Firearms Legislation please contact Grenfell Police on 63 431222).

We all know that owning a dog can improve and enhance your life. A puppy will bring constant joy and amazement and provide you with endless love as you watch it grow and it becomes an important part of the family.

BUT - dog owners need to be aware that responsibilities need to be taken when you have purchased a dog.

Research needs to be undertaken before you obtain the dog.

Breed, temperament, size and how much exercise the dog will require needs to be studied carefully. Boredom leads to mischief.

Obedience training can start at an early age, with the level of training increasing as your pup matures. This will not only help your dog become socially well adjusted but will help form a bond between the two of you.

A dog is a pack animal, derived from the wolf.

Your puppy, right from day one, will be looking for a leader. If you establish that you are the leader of the pack, your dog will feel secure, be more biddable and want to please you more.

If you feel that you are too busy, do not lead the right lifestyle or are simply too lazy to put in any effort and give a dog the right amount of attention that it requires, buy a goldfish!

You need to be committed and dedicated to EVERY aspect of your dog’s needs- physically, mentally and socially.

And don’t expect not to spend any money at your Vets.

Dogs need at minimum annual check-ups, vaccinations and regular worming to have any hope of staying healthy. Consider desexing.

To ensure that both sheep and dogs can co-exist in the Grenfell Shire it is imperative that dogs have a secure backyard to prevent escape and are always under effective control when in a public place.

This means that the dog must at all times have a collar and lead attached to a competent person unless in a designated off leash area.

Even when in this area dog owners must be able to control the dog by demanding a sit, stay and call back.

For any questions in relation to the Companion Animal Act legislation, please contact Council Ranger on 63 431540.

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APPROVED DOG OFF LEASH AREAS

Please be advised that under the Companion Animals Act 1998 it is an offence to own a dog not under effective control in a public place with a minimum penalty of $220.00.

This means that at all times when your dog is off your private property the dog must be on a lead which is attached (held onto) by a competent person unless you are in an approved off-leash area.

Please note that the Lawson Oval situated next to Lawson Estate on the Young Road is NOT an off leash area. Penalties may be imposed for dogs not being under effective control and/or being in a prohibited place.

There are 2 Council approved off leash areas.

Grenfell Arboretum, situated on the Gooloogong Road, Grenfell

*  Corner West and South Streets, Grenfell

Additionally, please be advised under the Companion Animals Act 1998 it is an offence:

Not permanently identify companion animal 12 weeks of age- minimum $165.00 penalty

*   Not register companion animal six months of age – minimum $275.00 penalty

*   Fail to prevent dog from escaping – minimum penalty $220.00

*  Owner of dog in prohibited place – minimum penalty $330.00 (examples are a school or park)

*  Owner of dog which rushes at/attacks/bites/harasses/chases any person or animal – minimum penalty    $550.00.

*  Owner of dog not under effective control in public place – maximum penalty $1,760.00

Legislation is being actively enforced by Council Ranger.

If you have any questions you may contact the Weddin Shire Council Ranger on 02 6343 1540.