Animal Management - dogs and cats

Consultation has concluded

The City has formed a focus group of residents to meet during March and April to help us manage dogs and cats in our City.

You are among 40 residents helping provide input into an animal management and exercise plan.

These include dog and cat owners, dog and cat neighbours, animal welfare groups, dog obedience trainers, dog daycare providers, rangers and others.

At the first focus group meeting on 20 March 2018, we discussed the value and responsibilities of owning a pet, how pet ownership has changed over the past 40 years, and issues for future discussion. We looked at seven case studies. The outcomes are posted online here. You are invited to add to the conversations below.

We heard that 11,000 dogs and 4,000 cats are registered in the City, though the number must be much higher. What incentives can we provide for people to register their pets, or what incentives can we provide to owners of registered pets?

We heard that 760 dogs had escaped from private property last year, 11 were killed in accidents and three dangerous dogs were euthanased. All other impounded animals were taken to the cat and dog rescue havens for rehoming. We heard about the CIty's new pound in Wellard Street, Bibra Lake which caters for up to 30 dogs and 10 cats.

Animal management and designated exercise areas are becoming an increasingly higher priority for our community. Animal-related matters represent about 39 percent of all Ranger-related tasks each year.

We will keep you updated on this page about our discussions and in the meantime, please join in.

The City has formed a focus group of residents to meet during March and April to help us manage dogs and cats in our City.

You are among 40 residents helping provide input into an animal management and exercise plan.

These include dog and cat owners, dog and cat neighbours, animal welfare groups, dog obedience trainers, dog daycare providers, rangers and others.

At the first focus group meeting on 20 March 2018, we discussed the value and responsibilities of owning a pet, how pet ownership has changed over the past 40 years, and issues for future discussion. We looked at seven case studies. The outcomes are posted online here. You are invited to add to the conversations below.

We heard that 11,000 dogs and 4,000 cats are registered in the City, though the number must be much higher. What incentives can we provide for people to register their pets, or what incentives can we provide to owners of registered pets?

We heard that 760 dogs had escaped from private property last year, 11 were killed in accidents and three dangerous dogs were euthanased. All other impounded animals were taken to the cat and dog rescue havens for rehoming. We heard about the CIty's new pound in Wellard Street, Bibra Lake which caters for up to 30 dogs and 10 cats.

Animal management and designated exercise areas are becoming an increasingly higher priority for our community. Animal-related matters represent about 39 percent of all Ranger-related tasks each year.

We will keep you updated on this page about our discussions and in the meantime, please join in.

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  • Do dogs and sports mix?

    by deanie, over 1 year ago

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    At a local sporting ground, two local clubs are concerned that numerous dogs are allowed to roam offlead during training times in the evening periods. They are concerned about the trip danger to the dogs and to sports participants, about possible dog bites, and about the presence of dog poo, or equipment injuring the dog.

    Signage on the reserve shows it is a dog-on lead area. What can we do about it? Add your thoughts here.

    At a local sporting ground, two local clubs are concerned that numerous dogs are allowed to roam offlead during training times in the evening periods. They are concerned about the trip danger to the dogs and to sports participants, about possible dog bites, and about the presence of dog poo, or equipment injuring the dog.

    Signage on the reserve shows it is a dog-on lead area. What can we do about it? Add your thoughts here.

  • Roaming cats

    by deanie, over 1 year ago

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    A woman is paying high vet bills for his dog who eats cat poo from roaming cats in her backyard. What can we do?

    At the request of the residents association, the City hires a contractor to trap feral cats in a local park and hand them over to the cat haven. Some local residents are not supportive and release the cats from the traps in the early hours.  What can we do?

    A resident starts feeding stray cats at the park next door and now they frequent her property and cause a nuisance to neighbours. Who is now responsible for them? What can we do?



    A woman is paying high vet bills for his dog who eats cat poo from roaming cats in her backyard. What can we do?

    At the request of the residents association, the City hires a contractor to trap feral cats in a local park and hand them over to the cat haven. Some local residents are not supportive and release the cats from the traps in the early hours.  What can we do?

    A resident starts feeding stray cats at the park next door and now they frequent her property and cause a nuisance to neighbours. Who is now responsible for them? What can we do?



  • Dogs on beaches

    by deanie, over 1 year ago

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    A man walks daily on the beach near the sailing club, which is a dog on-lead beach. A high number of people let their dogs roam the beach and the dunes, where birds nest. Dog owners are not happy when he points out the “dogs on lead” signs. These owners are "unaware" their dog has defecated or they just kick sand over the poo. What can we do?

    Dog owners are concerned there are fewer and fewer places where they can walk their dogs off-lead. What can we do?


    A man walks daily on the beach near the sailing club, which is a dog on-lead beach. A high number of people let their dogs roam the beach and the dunes, where birds nest. Dog owners are not happy when he points out the “dogs on lead” signs. These owners are "unaware" their dog has defecated or they just kick sand over the poo. What can we do?

    Dog owners are concerned there are fewer and fewer places where they can walk their dogs off-lead. What can we do?


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    Pet owners park their cars, open the door and let the dog run loose. How do you make owners put a leash on the dog before letting them out of the car and then walk them to the fenced area? Owners sit on the obstacle equipment designed for dogs. Owners sit with their phones and pay no attention to their dogs. What can we do?


    Pet owners park their cars, open the door and let the dog run loose. How do you make owners put a leash on the dog before letting them out of the car and then walk them to the fenced area? Owners sit on the obstacle equipment designed for dogs. Owners sit with their phones and pay no attention to their dogs. What can we do?