Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, Council may issue a Nuisance Dog order if it is satisfied a dog is:
"...habitually at large, or makes a noise, by barking or otherwise, that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises, or repeatedly defecates on property (other than a public place) outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept, or repeatedly runs at or chases any person, animal (other than vermin and, in relation to an animal, otherwise than in the course of droving, tending, working or protecting stock) or vehicle, or endangers the health of any person or animal (other than vermin and, in relation to an animal, otherwise than in the course of droving, tending, working or protecting stock), or repeatedly causes substantial damage to anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept."
If you wish to report a nuisance dog, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9335 2222 to lodge a request. Council may request that you make a formal statement to support your claim of a nuisance dog. The statement must outline the dates, times, length of nuisance, location of the dog when the nuisance occurs and the dog's description etc. In addition to its own investigation, Council may rely on this statement to proceed with formal action such as the issue of a Nuisance dog order or the issue of Penalty Infringement notices.
In the event formal action is taken against an alleged nuisance dog owner, witnesses may be required to give their evidence in a Court of Law. If no witness statements are received, Council may not have sufficient evidence to proceed with any formal action against the alleged nuisance dog owner.
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