Why has Council prepared a Domestic Animal Management Plan?

    All Councils across Victoria are required to develop a Domestic Animal Management Plan once every four years under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

    We have drafted a plan to guide how Council manages dogs and cats over the next four years, from 2021 to 2025.

    Why does the plan only address dogs and cats?

    The Domestic Animal Management Plan only includes actions in relation to dogs and cats as the Domestic Animals Act 1994 only refers only dogs and cats. The purpose of the Act is to “promote animal welfare, the responsible ownership of dogs and cats and the protection of the environment”

    For more information, view the Domestic Animals Act 1994 on the Victorian Legislative and Parliamentary Documents website

    How many dogs and cats are there in Manningham?

    Manningham Council has approximately 14,500 registered dogs and cats in the municipality, this includes:

    • 10,410 registered dogs
    • 4,155 registered cats

    For more information on dog and cat registration in Manningham, visit www.manningham.vic.gov.au/animal-registration

    What does the draft plan include?

    There are a range of topic areas covered in the plan. Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all Councils must include the following in their Domestic Animal Management Plan:

    • Introduction
    • Training of authorised officers
    • Registration and Identification
    • Nuisance Complaints
    • Dog Attacks
    • Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted Breed Dogs
    • Overpopulation and high euthanasia
    • Domestic Animal Businesses
    • Other matters

    The plan includes a range of priorities and actions for Council to address across each of these topic areas including a mix of new and ongoing actions. The ongoing actions will continue on from Council’s previous management plan (2017-2021).