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Are you a problem dog owner?


Dogs that are poorly cared for cause problems.  Barking, straying and harassing pedestrians passing by are all symptoms of people not paying enough attention to their animals.


Solid fencing and restraint to the backyard can help.  Regular exercise is another good idea.


Are you aware that Council attends around 3-4 complaints every week about dogs that could be stopped if their owners took more care?  When Council investigates complaints it costs you, the community, money.


We would like nothing better than to never have a complaint.  The money saved could be put to achieve far better outcomes for the community.

1.    Dogs are not permitted in public places except when on a leash under the control of a responsible person.
2.    Dogs must be registered and wear a collar and tag.
3.    All dogs must be microchipped.

The fines for non-compliance with these basic rules are substantial, up to $220.  Council’s Ranger patrols every town at least every week.

Menacing Dog new legislation

The NSW State Government has announced amendments to the Companion Animals Act would be introduced to create a new category of “menacing dog” to help safeguard the community.

In addition to creating a new category of ‘menacing or potentially dangerous dog’ the legislation includes harsher penalties including prison terms for irresponsible owners and encourages owners to de-sex their animals.

Under the new rules there will be increased penalty notice amounts and court penalties for failure to register a companion animal and where a dog has been involved in an attack.

The message from the Government is clear that animal owners need to be responsible and take proper precautions appropriate for the animal. As well as increased penalties pet education programs will be expanded to raise awareness on how to act and be safe around dogs and to prevent attacks.

Contacting Council

Office: 56 Chanter Street, Berrigan.
Office hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Monday to Friday.
(03) 5888 5100
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Post: Berrigan Shire Council
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