Central Highlands rangers off the leash to enter premises

CENTRAL Highlands council animal rangers have been given official authorisation to enter properties and check if dogs are registered and kept in secure yards.

The council approved a systematic inspection program aimed at improving the compliance of dog owners within the region.

The three-month program, under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, enables council's rangers to enter properties unannounced and check enclosures, permits and registrations.

"Impoundment records for Emerald alone suggest only 10% of dogs are registered and that's just not good enough," Mayor Peter Maguire said.

"The inspection program will help us address this issue, as well as provide support for the recently adopted zero tolerance approach towards wandering dogs."

Cr Maguire reminded dog owners of their legal obligation to keep pets under effective control at all times.

"This means using a leash in public places, including on the back of a ute, and providing a secure enclosure at home," he

said.

"Be warned - if you do not comply you will face hefty fines."

Phone 1300242686 to report all lost or wandering animals .


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