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Your pet responsibility check-list

ARE you providing for your pet?

Animals provide companionship, unconditional love, loyalty, entertainment, humour and friendship; that's why they say a dog is man's best friend!

But what should owners be providing for their pets?

How do you become a responsible pet owner?

Pet ownership is a big commitment and there are several things that must be considered before purchasing a pet which include ensuring they're registered, having adequate shelter, a fenced yard to make sure they can't escape and wander, vaccinations, a healthy diet, obedience training, exercise and grooming.

As a pet owner you are also required by law to do the following:

  • Ensure your dog is registered with a council. Registered animals have a much higher chance of being returned to their owner if they are lost. Annual dog registrations for the region are due on Wednesday, September 30, 2009.
  • Have a secure enclosure that is big enough for the size of your animal - the bigger the animal, the bigger the enclosure needs to be!
  • You must keep your dog on a leash at all times in public places except if you are in a signed off-leash area.
  • Take a plastic bag and gloves with you when you're walking your dog to collect your dog's waste.

Council are taking a zero tolerance approach to animal management, and will fine you if you don't follow the simple steps above.

Council's strong approach to animal management will contribute to Council's vision of our Region becoming the most liveable community in the world.

By encouraging residents to become responsible pet owners, Council and the community will benefit from a reduced number of nuisance, unwanted or wandering animals, as well as a cleaner and safer environment for us all to enjoy.

For more information about how to become a responsible pet owner and what you are required to do by law, please contact Council on 1300 22 55 77, or visit our website at www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au



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