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Council may issue significant infringement to residents who
allow their dogs to wander at large, particularly for dogs that
have rushed at or attacked other animals or persons.
Compliance officers receive a considerable number of after
hours call outs for dogs wandering at large and will attend
emergency situations as a matter of priority. Subsequently,
officers regularly patrol areas where dog attacks have occurred
in an increased effort to locate offending animals.
It is imperative that residents report wandering dogs and/
or dog attacks to the Compliance Department at the first
available instance to ensure that the dogs are located and
impounded at the Council Pound.
Residents who own or are in the control or custody of an
attacking dog must be aware that the infringements and legal
processes for an offending animal are substantial. Dogs that
have attacked may be declared as dangerous dogs under the
Domestic Animals Act 1994 and as such must be housed
within the legislative requirements to ensure public safety.
Council encourages and promotes responsible dog ownership
and has undertaken a number of initiatives through out the
Shire to ensure residents are aware of their obligations and
responsibilities as pet owners.
Information about responsible pet ownership can be obtained
from Council offices.
VACCINATE NOW TO STOP
SPREAD OF PARVOVIRUS
Council is urging dog owners in the region to ensure that their
dogs are adequately vaccinated, following outbreaks of the
potentially fatal parvovirus.
Parvovirus, more commonly known as ‘parvo’, is a highly
infectious virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and
cardiovascular systems of dogs. It can affect dogs of all ages
but is most common in younger dogs, aged less than 12
A number of cases were reported in the Bacchus Marsh
area, but dog owners throughout the whole region should
Parvovirus is highly contagious and resistant to the effects
of heat, detergents and alcohol so it can remain in the
environment for years after an infected dog has been there.
This means that even if your dog never mixes with other dogs,
it can still be exposed to the virus in the environment. You may
go for a quick walk around the block and take the virus home
to your pet. Even humans can transfer parvovirus to dogs.
The symptoms of parvovirus include bloody diarrhoea,
lethargy, unwillingness to eat and repeated episodes of
vomiting. Dogs will usually become ill within 7-10 days of the
Dogs with parvovirus can recover if aggressive treatment is
used and if the virus has been detected in the initial stages.
Unfortunately, treatment does not guarantee a recovery and can
quite often leave dogs owners with large veterinary expenses.
All puppies should be vaccinated as part of their
vaccine program and all adult dogs should receive a
booster vaccine annually.
Council has also warned of the dangers of rodenticides. With
an increase in mouse and rat numbers, Council would like
to remind ratepayers to keep baits out of the reach of dogs
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