Loose mutts a pet hate
New complaints about wandering and aggressive dogs
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.