Keep your pets safe these holidays
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.
FENCED IN: Make sure pets are correctly fenced in this holiday season.