Owning a dog can be a lot of fun! Dogs give us company, affection and unconditional love. They encourage us to exercise - in fact many studies have shown that owning a pet improves your health.
Dog ownership also teaches children responsibility, and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills.
We oversee legislation to protect dogs from neglect and cruelty, and to protect the community from nuisance and danger caused by irresponsibly owned dogs.
Responsible dog ownership includes caring for your pet’s welfare needs, along with registration, microchipping and adequate confinement of dogs to your property.
Your dogs’s welfare needs
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|New: Changes to Registration Discounts
New laws regarding discounts for dog and cat registration with local councils came into effect on April 11 2013
|Found a lost, stray or injured animal?
Find out who to contact for help with cats, dogs, wildlife and livestock.
|Coping with the death of a pet
When a loved pet dies, it can leave you heartbroken. Learn how to cope with the very real and significant grief you may be feeling.
|Poisons and toxins
Learn which plants, human foods, and common household products have the potential to harm or even kill your dog.