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April 27, 2018

The investigation of mandatory cat de-sexing, a dusk-to-dawn cat curfew and an on-leash dog policy are some of the key focus areas of Mitchell Shire Council’s draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.

The investigation of mandatory cat de-sexing, a dusk-to-dawn cat curfew and an on-leash dog policy are some of the key focus areas of Mitchell Shire Council’s draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.

The plan, a legislated document all Victorian Councils are required to produce every four years, is now out for public feedback.

Following a community survey and stakeholder consultation late last year, the draft plan outlines three key focus areas for council in the next four years:

●Investigation of mandatory de-sexing of cats and a dusk to dawn cat curfew;

●Investigation of introducing on-leash areas across the shire and community consultation for possible fenced dog off-leash areas; and

●Improvements to council’s pound facilities to cater for growth.

A range of other focus areas are also identified in the plan including:

●Increasing the number of animals that are registered and microchipped;

●Reducing dogs wandering at large;

●Increasing rehoming and adoptions from the pound; and

●Developing a 10-point guide for new pet owners.

To help rollout the plan once it is finalised, council is looking to form a Domestic Animal Management Plan Consultative Committee.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson encouraged a diverse range of community members to express interest in joining the committee.

‘‘This new committee will meet in the four-year course of the plan and will be made up of a range of key stakeholders including vets, representatives from animal welfare groups and the wider community,’’ Cr Sanderson said.

‘‘We’re keen to see a wide range of people join the committee and you don’t even necessarily have to be a pet owner.

‘‘The Domestic Animal Management Plan effects our entire community and we’re looking for people with a range of views and experiences to be represented.’’

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