Owning a pet is great fun, but is something that requires a lot of time, love and responsibility. Much of being a responsible pet owner is understanding your pet's needs and being aware of community's expectations about responsible pet management.
As an animal owner, it is your responsibility to provide for your animal's general welfare, as a matter of priority.
Dog owners, or anyone contemplating becoming a dog owner, should do a few simple things to keep their pets out of trouble and their neighbours happy:
- Make sure your dog is properly fenced in at home.
- Use a leash when you are out.
- Train them not to bark excessively.
- Stop them from roaming or being aggressive.
- Pick up any litter left by them in public.
- Make sure they are registered and identified so they can be rescued.
In addition to providing information, Council performs a range of animal control functions such as providing animal control services, handling complaints, picking up stray dogs and handling pet registrations.
To find out more about your responsibilities and rights as a pet owner, and to report any stray or nuisance animals, please Contact Council.
Pigs need more than scraps
Feeding food waste to pigs, known as swill feeding, poses a huge risk for the spread of disease. Swill feeding caused the devastating foot and mouth disease outbreak in Britain in 2001.
By law, food waste containing meat and other animal byproducts, some dairy products and any food that has come into contact with these prohibited foods must not be fed to pigs. This includes:
- meat, meat products and some dairy products including butter, cheese and yoghurt
- vegetables, rice, pasta and any other food that has been in direct contact with meat
- pizza bun rolls, meat pies
- bacon and cheese rolls, salad rolls containing meat
- Caesar salad (it contains bacon pieces)
- steak, hamburgers, sausages and butcher's waste.
If in doubt, don't feed any scraps to your animals.
Pig health benefits from a planned diet. Buy feed designed to meet the nutritional needs of pigs and keep them in the best condition. For more information visit www.vic.gov.au/pighealth.
... keep your farm animals in the loop
The first thing you must do when you are looking to own cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer or more than 100 poultry is apply for a Livestock Property Identification Code (PIC).
PICs are important in the event of a serious livestock disease outbreak. They allow for the tracing of animals to detect where an outbreak may have started and to help control and eradicate disease. PICs are also linked to systems such as the National Livestock Identification System — commercial operators will need a PIC to sell and move animals.
PICs are free and easy to obtain through the Department of Economic Development's Livestock PICs website page.
Last updated: 30 January 2015