Confinement of pets

1.24 Hour Confinement of Cats

The Shire has adopted a municipality-wide Order which requires all cats to be contained within the owner’s property at all times. This Order has been made to reduce problems associated with stray and feral cats and to protect cats from attack and fatal diseases. The Shire encourages responsible cat ownership, and owners should ensure that their cat(s) are registered and confined to their properties at all times.

Confining your cat is also the best way to protect your cat and our wildlife and avoid Objection Notices and possible fines if your cat is found roaming your neighbours' properties. Infringement notices (on-the-spot fines) and types of other notices include:

  • Cats found at large or not securely confined to their owner’s property are liable to on-the-spot penalties of more than $100 for a first offence, and more than $300 for subsequent offences.
  • Cats creating a nuisance are liable to on-the-spot penalties of $100.

Cats can be confined in the house or flat, but remember to ensure your cat can access window ledges for sunshine. You can also give your cat grass to chew (non toxic varieties such as oats or rye-grass).

Cat enclosures are also a good idea, restricting your cat to a designated outside area. These can be purchased from pet shops or built by a handyman. Some tips to build your own cat enclosure include using clear netting to enclose your courtyard alleyway or veranda, building your own A-frame enclosure with chicken wire or adapting an aviary.

2.Responsible Ownership of dogs

There are several guidelines and responsibilities that should be followed when owning a dog.

All dog owners must securely confine dogs to their property

Under the provisions of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all dog owners must securely confine dogs to their property. This means the yard must have a closed gate, and an escape-proof fence.

Confining your dog is also the most effective way to prevent the possibility of your dog attacking a person or another animal. Also if you confine your dog, it will be safe from traffic injuries, and fights with other dogs, plus it will prevent it getting lost or wandering.

Infringement penalties (on-the-spot fines) and types of notices include:

  • Dogs found wandering unattended outside the property of its owner, or not securely confined to the owner’s premises, during the hours of darkness are liable to an on-the-spot fine of $303.00.
  • Dogs found wandering unattended outside the property of its owner, or not securely confined to the owner’s premises, during daylight hours are liable to an on-the-spot fine of $228.00.
  • Dogs creating a nuisance are liable to on-the-spot penalties of $76.00
  • Owners contravening a Shire Order relating to the presence of dogs in public places are liable to on-the-spot penalties of $152.00. 

All dogs to be on a lead when in public places

The Shire has enforced a municipality-wide Order which requires all dogs to be on a lead when in public places, unless being exercised in one of the designated Leash-Free Areas 

Download: Dogs on Leash In Public Places Fact File(DOC, 57KB)

Dogs found wandering that cannot be identified and returned to their owners or that cannot be securely confined to a property, will be taken to the Shire’s Community Animal Shelter. If you have ‘lost’ your dog, please visit our Lost Animals Register to see if it is being looked after at the animal shelter.

3.Free Dog Training

 The Mornington Peninsula Shire, in partnership with volunteer instructors from the Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club, offers a FREE eight-week Responsible Dog Ownership Program for dog owners. The course teaches basic dog obedience and socialisation. Local vets and Shire Rangers also provide information on basic health care and dog-related legislation.

The training course includes eight training sessions and a chance to meet other dog owners. At the end of the course, a practical test of the owner and their dog is conducted. Those who pass the test receive a certificate. All dogs participating must be vaccinated and be 12 months of age or older.

For further information, contact Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club