Campaspe still has pet problems

December 02, 2017

THERE were 36 dog attacks in the Campaspe Shire last financial year.

THERE were 36 dog attacks in the Campaspe Shire last financial year.

This is an increase of 10 attacks — and are just the ones that are reported to the council.

But there are only two dangerous dogs that are declared.

The new statistics were released and adopted by the Campaspe Shire Council on Tuesday night as part of the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-21.

There was also an increase in euthanasia rates for both cats and dogs and more domestic animals being adopted or re-homed.

There were 102 dogs put down (97 in 2015-16) and 327 cats (272 in 2015-16).

There were 7407 dogs and 2182 cats registered with council in the 12 months.

The four year plan was adopted by council which outlines the services, programs and policies that council has established to address the administration of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 as well as the management of dog and cat issues in the community.

Councillor Kristen Munro said the plan is a collection of information that affects the domestic animals within the shire.

‘‘I encourage owners of pets in the shire to have a look at the document and the things the council do and will continue to do,’’ she said.

Councillor Neil Pankhurst said usually the document sits untouched until a problem arises.

‘‘The number of cats and dogs being surrendered is a big problem and is something the council is always looking to rectify.’’

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