Loose mutts a pet hate

New com­plaints about wan­der­ing and ag­gres­sive dogs

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

IN Fe­bru­ary alone, the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil re­ceived 23 com­plaints re­gard­ing wan­der­ing, men­ac­ing or un­reg­is­tered dogs, as well as wan­der­ing cats.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said the onus of re­spon­si­bil­ity fell on the an­i­mal own­ers.

“A lot of the times it’s not the dogs them­selves that are the prob­lem, but par­tially how they are looked after and kept in their yards,” Mr Pitt said.

“A lot of the wan­der­ing dog is­sues would be well-con­tained if peo­ple en­sured their dogs stayed on their prop­erty.”

Mr Pitt said the coun­cil had pro­ce­dures in place for an­i­mal con­trol, how­ever com­plaints were still a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence from res­i­dents con­cerned an ag­gres­sive or wan­der­ing an­i­mal could present a threat to the com­mu­nity.

Th­ese pro­ce­dures in­clude the power to trans­fer the an­i­mal’s own­er­ship to the coun­cil, to deal with the an­i­mal as needed de­pend­ing on the cir­cum­stance, and to re­cover costs from the an­i­mal’s owner.

Mr Pitt said it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily hunt­ing dogs that pre­sented the prob­lem.

“To be fair, it’s not the hunt­ing dogs be­cause quite of­ten they are well-se­cured when they come into town,” Mr Pitt said.

“Lots of dogs that be­come ag­gres­sive are hun­gry, so it ties into ar­eas such as hav­ing them fixed, es­pe­cially if you have no plans on breed­ing.

“We end up with a lot of un­wanted pup­pies around the area and when they get away, they be­come feral.”

Mr Pitt said the prob­lem needed to be tack­led at the root cause by en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to de­sex their pets

“If we can nip it in the bud, we won’t have so many pup­pies be­ing born,” Mr Pitt said.

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