Responsible Pet Ownership
Keeping a Pet
Keeping a pet is a big responsibility. Our pets rely on us to keep them safe, healthy and happy. Whether your pet is a cat, dog, bird, or other animal, you need to ensure your pet does not cause a nuisance to your neighbours. You are responsible for ensuring that:
- Your pet stays on your property. Wandering pets are a nuisance; they can damage property, be hit by moving vehicles causing severe injuries, create neighbourhood barking and cause fear in the community if they act aggressively.
- You walk your pet (not just dogs) on a lead when out in public. All pets must be on leads, including if you allow your pet to swim in a creek or lake on public land.
- Your pet (not just dogs) doesn't attack or menace people or other animals. If your pet is involved in an incident, it may be declared menacing or dangerous or seized. Ensure you understand your pet's temperament and monitor contact with others closely.
- Your pet doesn't create a noise nuisance to your neighbours. Barking, squawking, loud meowing, crowing, etc. can be disturbing to your neighbours and Council may take action.
- Waste (feacal matter and urine) is cleaned up daily and does not create odour or a food source for rodents.
- You feed your pet regularly with quality food that is appropriate for their age, size and breed. Ensure the food does not become a food source for rodents.
- You provide your pet with plenty of clean water. Ensure you clean the water bowls regularly and keep them topped up, particularly in hot weather.
- Your pet is wormed and vaccinated. Consult your local veterinary surgeon to determine what your pet requires.
What Dog Owners Need to Know
- It is compulsory to register and microchip all dogs over the age of 12 weeks, in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, with the exception of working dogs as defined in the Act.
- As a responsible pet owner, it is your obligation to ensure your pets are identifiable, healthy, safely contained and do not create a nuisance in your neighbourhood.
Please note: Having your dog microchipped is not the same as registering your dog with Council. These two processes are not related and only Council can register your dog.
For more specific information please read more about Dog Registration here.
- All dogs under 12 weeks of age must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age.
- All dogs must be microchipped when sold or given away.
- Microchip numbers for dogs must be provided when registering your dog so that your dog can be returned if it strays without a tag.
- You are required to update microchip information with new information within 10 days of any changes.
- Desexing of dogs is not compulsory, however it is recommended and offers significant discounts on fees.
- Desexing of dogs is recommended because of benefits to your animal’s temperament, and the community.
- Desexing of dogs also prevents accidents from occurring and reduces the number of unwanted dogs which cause nuisance and have to be euthanized. If your dog does produce a litter there are rules that apply, refer to Dog Breeding in Western Downs for more information.
- Dogs must be kept properly contained on your property.
- Dogs found wandering on public land or on neighbouring properties can be impounded and release fees apply.
- There are minimum standards for keeping dogs, including the maximum number you can keep on your property.
Restricted, Dangerous and Menacing Dogs
- All declared regulated (menacing, dangerous or restricted) dogs as defined in the Act are required to be microchipped.
- If your dog is a declared dangerous or restricted breed, desexing is mandatory.
- Incentives are offered for desexing your menacing dog.
Western Downs Off-leash Dog Parks(PDF, 112KB)
What Cat Owners Need to Know
- Cats are no longer required to be registered with Council.
- To enable your cat to be returned to you in the event it is impounded up by Council, all pet owners are required to ensure their pets are microchipped and the information on the microchip is kept up to date.
- Desexing of cats is not compulsory, however it is recommended because of benefits to your animal's temperament and the community.
- Desexing of cats also prevents accidents from occurring and reduces the number of unwanted cats which cause nuisance and may have to be put down.
- Cats must be kept properly contained on your property.
- Cats found wandering on public land or on neighbouring properties can be impounded and release fees apply.
- There are minimum standards for keeping cats including the maximum number you can keep on your property.