Keep your pets safe th­ese hol­i­days

Isis Town and Country - - News -

SCHOOL hol­i­days are just around the cor­ner and with more peo­ple to hit our walk­ways, parks and beaches over the break, there’s never been a bet­ter time to dou­ble-check your en­clo­sure can keep your pet out of harm’s way.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Wayne Honor said the coun­cil was the reg­u­la­tory body for wan­der­ing and dan­ger­ous an­i­mals, but by the time an of­fence had occurred, it was al­ready too late.

“(The) coun­cil re­ceives thou­sands of com­plaints each year re­gard­ing an­i­mal nui­sance is­sues, which can range from bark­ing dogs to the more se­ri­ous dog at­tack,” Cr Honor said.

“Un­der lo­cal law we are able to is­sue dog own­ers with a no­tice to im­prove their en­clo­sure af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about wan­der­ing or dan­ger­ous an­i­mals,” he said.

“How­ever in terms of pre­vent­ing th­ese in­ci­dents from oc­cur­ring, we re­quire dog own­ers to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Own­ers need to en­sure they have an ap­pro­pri­ate en­clo­sure to con­tain their an­i­mal which will help re­duce the risk of dog at­tacks oc­cur­ring.”

Cr Honor said dog own­ers were re­quired to en­sure their fence or en­clo­sure was:

High enough that your dog can’t jump over it

Low enough that your dog can’t dig un­der it

Strong enough that your dog can’t push it over

And hole-proof so that your dog can’t es­cape through it

For more in­for­ma­tion, head to bund­aberg.qld. gov.au and click on “an­i­mals” un­der the ser­vices tab.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA BAX­TER

FENCED IN: Make sure pets are cor­rectly fenced in this hol­i­day sea­son.

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