Is your property fully secure to prevent your dog from wandering? Dogs can, for example, push out loose fence palings to escape.
Dog owners have a legal responsibility to the community to prevent their dog from wandering. Dogs will behave differently in unusual or unfamiliar situations, or when they are with other dogs. The owner of any dog found wandering uncontrolled can be subject to fines.
Wandering and uncontrolled dogs can cause all sorts of problems in our community, including unsafe roads, threats to people's safety and nuisance to residents. Dog owners are reminded that they have a responsibility to contain and control dogs to prevent these types of issues occurring.
Continued non-compliance by dog owners will usually have legal, financial and social consequences.
Dog owners shouldn't assume that their dog just wanders next door and is welcomed by other people. Containment of dogs is a people responsibility, take action to contain your dog.
If anyone has a problem with a dog nuisance they should contact the owner or Council on (03) 941 8999 before the problem escalates.