When your dog is out in public it must be under the effective control of a competent person over the age of 18 at all times. This means that it must be on a leash and under the control of someone who is capable of restraining the dog. A small child, for example, may not be able to control a large dog. Under these circumstances, an adult capable of restraining the dog, should walk the dog.
A dog is not considered to be under the effective control of a competent person if the person has more than 4 dogs under his or her control.
If you fail to comply with this requirement, you, or if you are not present, the person in control of your dog, if s/he is aged 18 or over, may be liable for a maximum penalty of $1,100 or $11,000 in the case of a restricted dog, dangerous or menacing dog.
Council understands that as much as we all love our dogs we understand how important it is to exercise them outdoors and be kept well socialised with other dogs and people. We also need to be responsible dog owners. When you take your pet outdoors please remember to take with you a small disposable bag to remove their droppings and dispose in a responsible manner – our parks and garden staff will be much appreciative.
What happens if my Dog goes on the loose?
Dog owners are required to ensure that their dog whilst in a public place is under the effective control of a responsible person. This means that it must be on a leash and under the control of someone who is capable and restraining the dog. On the spot penalties apply for failing to control your dog in public.
If your dog is habitually at large, repeatedly defecates on private property or chases people or vehicles then it can be declared a nuisance dog. Council’s Animal Control Officer may issue a Nuisance Dog Order that requires the owner to stop the dog from continuing the nuisance behaviour. If the owner fails to stop the dog causing a nuisance then on the spot penalties may apply.